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Brain Computed Tomography (CT Scan)

A computed tomography scan (CT Scan) of the spine examines your spinal column, focusing on your cervical, dorsal or lumbar region. It makes it possible to observe your intervertebral discs, spinal cord and spinal nerves to detect:

  • Disc herniation
  • Fractured vertebra
  • Vertebral bone metastases
  • Inflammatory rheumatism

Examination procedure

For the examination procedure, you will be asked:

  • to change into a hospital gown and remove your jewellery and other metal objects, which can interfere with image quality
  • to lay comfortably on an exam table and stay still
  • to hold your breath for a few seconds, as the table will slide into the CT machine. We will capture the images very quickly to minimize the dose of radiation you absorb

Depending on the test prescribed by your health professional, it may be required to inject a contrast agent. We will go through a list of contrast agents with you when you book your appointment. If you think you may be allergic, please let us know.

Please note that the total duration of your visit for this examination can be between 30 and 60 minutes, even though the examination procedure itself will only last between 5 and 10 minutes.

A medical prescription is required to perform this examination.
Please note that CT-Scan examinations are not covered by the Régie de l’Assurance Maladie du Québec (RAMQ). However, most group insurance plans cover the costs.

If your healthcare professional has prescribed this examination or if you have any questions, contact us at 1-800-463-7674.