What is a CT Neck?

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CT Neck scans used Computed Tomography (CT) imaging to create 3D images of your neck area. They can be useful in investigating the Salivary glands, Lymph nodes and Thyroid as well as lesions, infections and injuries to the soft tissues of the neck.

CT Neck

What happens during a CT Neck?

A. Before your scan

What to bring

  • Your request form
  • Any relevant previous imaging
  • Your Medicare card

Preparation – the day of your procedure

There is no specific preparation required.

B. During your CT Neck


You will be made comfortable on the examination table which will slide into the CT machine.

The medical imaging team may ask you to hold your breath to remain completely still while the CT machine takes images. The images will be checked before your appointment ends to ensure they are clear.

The scan takes approximately 15 minutes.

Risks and side effects

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

Who will perform my CT Neck?

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

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What happens after a CT Neck?

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.  For non?urgent cases we ask that you allow 2?4 working days for the results. However, urgent cases can be expedited and our radiologists are also able to discuss the results with your doctor over the phone soon after the scan. Your doctor can also view the images and reports online.


If you have had a contrast dye injection, the cannula will be withdrawn carefully from the vein and a bandaid applied.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.