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CT (Computerised Tomography) Scanning

Departments on both our sites incorporate modern spiral CT equipment.

About this service

CT stands for Computerised Tomography and is a diagnostic technique in which the combined use of a computer and x-rays passed through the body at different angles produces cross-sectional images of tissues. Departments on all our sites incorporate modern spiral CT equipment.

Any body area can be scanned using CT although the most common examinations are:

  • Head e.g. for trauma or cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
  • Thorax
  • Abdomen and pelvis
  • Orthopaedic examinations
  • Interventional procedures e.g. biopsies or drainages and angiograms

We provide CT scanning at Warrington Hospital and at the Captain Sir Tom Moore building.

Examinations are carried out Monday – Thursday 8am to 7.30pm and 8am to 3pm on Friday at Warrington and 8am to 4.30pm at the Captain Sir Tom Moore building with occasional weekend sessions.

The scanner in Warrington Hospital's Emergency Department is also available 24 hours per day, seven days per week for emergencies.

Some of our areas have self check in. If not, a member of the administration and clerical team will greet you when you arrive at one of our receptions. They will check that we have all your details and that they are correct before booking you in. Our admin team includes secretaries, booking staff who will book appointments and answer queries, supervisors, and managers.

The scans are performed by a team of experienced radiographers, most of whom have undertaken an additional Postgraduate Qualification in CT, and then reported by Consultant Radiologists.

A Consultant Radiologist is a doctor specialising in interpreting diagnostic images such as x-rays and scans and performing certain types of investigation or treatment that rely on imaging techniques.

Radiology Department Assistants (RDAs) support radiologists, radiographers, and nurses to help and care for patients. They will help prepare patients for examination, insert cannulas where required and act as chaperones.

Porters are incredibly important, moving patients on beds, trolleys, or in wheelchairs between wards, departments, and Radiology.

For all CT enquiries please telephone: 01925 662452

Where are we? 

CT Centre 
Appleton Wing 
Warrington Hospital

CT Centre 
Radiology Department
Captain Sir Tom Moore building 
Earls Way

Patients undergoing body scans are asked to drink a volume of water immediately before their examination, which can take up to an hour to fill the digestive system, prior to the scan being performed. They may also require an injection of an iodine-based agent as the images are acquired. This highlights the blood vessels which supply the body organs and can make the images clearer for the Radiologists to interpret.

The doctor who ordered the test for you will recieve the results.


Warrington Hospital

Captain Sir Tom Moore building