A Planning CT Scan allows us to obtain 3D images of the area being treated, which helps the Radiotherapist plan.
The scan itself lasts between 10 – 15 minutes on average; but additional preparatory procedures for patients may increase the appointment to approximately 2 hours. While some patients will require an injection of a contrast agent (IV contrast) and others may need to drink a liquid before the scan (oral contrast), so as to help highlight important areas our doctors may want to treat or avoid.
200 Rivonia Road Radiology staff will take measurements for your radiotherapy record during the procedure. Small marks will be placed on your skin using a felt tip-type pen. At the end of the process, these marks will be made permanent, with your permission, by tattooing a small dot, this is so that prior to and during treatment you will be able to wash as normal without losing the marks.