CIMM: high quality CT scan in the Principality of Monaco

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The scan, also known as a TDM, meaning tomodensitometry, is an examination which produces sectional images of your organs, the brain, the chest cavity, the abdomen or even the bones. More accurate than ultrasound and digital radiology, it is still a notch behind the MRI.

The scan detects abnormalities that are not actually visible on the ultrasound or X-rays.

The Centre d’Imagerie Médicale de Monaco, with its experienced team, is open from Monday to Saturday, without an appointment.

What is a scan?

A scan is an examination that uses X-rays, with the principle consisting of taking several images of one part of your body. These images are created using a powerful computer system, and are then printed on film to be analysed by the radiologist.

In order to enhance contrast, an iodine-based contrast agent is either injected, swallowed by the patient, or introduced via the anus, in order to improve image quality.

The scan process

After a quick visit to the office to introduce you, we ask you to go into a small room where you can undress down to your underwear.

During the scan, you will be lying on a bed, usually on your back, and then several images are taken. It is essential to avoid moving and to breathe calmly. Our team is present at all timesthroughout the examination which lasts about 15 to 20 minutes.

Once the examination is complete, the radiologist will provide you with an initial opinion and then send the final report to your prescribing physician as soon as possible. This is the person who will then explain the results to you, as well as the action required as a result.

Recommendations for preparing for a scan

If you are having an abdominal scan, or if a contrast product is used, you need to fast. Also, if you have allergies, it is best to take a tablet the night before the examination, to avoid any risk on the day.

If a scan of the pelvic cavity is involved, it is essential to have a full bladder: make sure you drink plenty of water just before the examination.

In all circumstances, you will need to provide:

– the instructions and prescription from your treating physician,

– your social security card,

– your earlier examinations for a comparison (if there are any),

– the contrast agent that has been prescribed for you.

Be sure to inform us as soon as possible if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, so that all the necessary measures can be taken.

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