What is a CT Extremities?

What is a CT Extremities

CT Extremities uses CT Scanners to take images of the bones and soft tissue in any of the following areas: hips, knees, feet, ankles, wrists, shoulders, arm, elbow or hand. Your doctor or specialist may have requested scans of either your lower extremities (hip, knee, ankle, & foot), upper extremities (shoulder, arm, elbow or hand) or both.

One application of CT for the extremities is CT-guided injections.

CT Extremities

What happens during a CT Extremities?

A. Before your scan

What to bring

  • Your request form
  • Any relevant previous imaging
  • Your Medicare card and any concession cards

Preparation – On the day of the scan

You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding your health status, medication, and any known allergies. If there is any chance you may be pregnant, please inform us before your scan. You may also be asked to change into a gown and remove some jewellery for your scan.

B. During your CT Extremities


You will be taken to the CT room and made comfortable on the examination table which will slide into the CT machine. The scan itself is completed in a matter of seconds.

Your scan will take approximately 15 minutes.

Risks and side effects

A CT Extremities scan is a very low-risk procedure. Find out about CT Risks and Side Effects.

Who will perform my scan?

Our specialist medical imaging team will perform your CT Extremities scan.

CT Extremities

What happens after a CT Extremities?

How do I get my results?

After your appointment, the information from your scan is processed and interpreted by Envision’s medical imaging team before delivery of a report to your doctor.

Post procedural information

At the end of the procedure the cannula will be withdrawn carefully from the vein and a band aid applied. The dye will be flushed naturally by your body over the following 24 hours without you noticing it. You are free to eat and drink normally.  We recommend you continue to drink plenty of fluids to assist your body in flushing the contrast. You will be able to return to your normal daily activities after your scan.