All residents of Alberta with a valid Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) card are eligible to have CT scans requested by their doctor done in one of the government public funded health facilities.
The wait time for routine CT scan in Calgary is 6 to 12 months.
If you have a serious medical condition, the wait time comes down to 2 to 12 weeks, if your doctor phones in and mark your requisition as urgent.
Even with an urgent wait time of a few weeks, there are a number of situations when you would want your CT scan to be done within days.
Unless you are seen in the ER or as an in-patient and a CT scan is requested as urgent there, it is very unlikely that you would be able to have one done immediately. At least not within days.
Thankfully, there are a few places in Calgary that offers private CT scanning. Here is how you can get a private CT scan in Calgary.
Before we go into the how, let us look at what exactly is a CT scan, conditions that would require you to seek a private CT, the types of CT scans that are available in Calgary and how much they cost and the risks of doing CT scans.
A CT (short for Computed Tomography) scan is simply a detailed form of X-ray, where body parts are represented in 2D grayscale images and these are then reformatted into 3D images by means of computers.
Unlike an X-ray that “sees” mainly bones, CT scans can see both bones and soft tissues, like blood vessels, nerves, brain tissue, muscles etc.
CT scans used to be high voltage and release about 400 times the radiation of a regular chest x-ray. How most CT scans are 3rd generation scans with low-voltage slip rings with lesser amount of radiation.
CT scan requests are not made lightly because of the high amount of radiation they emit as well as their cost.
If your doctor has requested a CT scan, he or she must be looking for confirmation or exclusion of a serious medical condition.
The common reasons CT scans are requested as urgent include the following:
You may also seek to have an urgent private CT scan done because you:
Once upon a time, people used to request total body CT scan that takes several hundreds of slices of the whole body to “check through” to see if there is any problem in the different parts of the body.
It became obvious that it did not only take a radiologist days to be able to safely read through and report a total body CT scan, it exposes the patient to a large amount of radiations.
Now in Calgary, the following are the available CT scans you can request by body parts.
Many of these CT can be combined like CT chest, abdomen and pelvis or CT head and neck, etc.
A private CT scan in Calgary costs anything from $200 to $1500 CAD, depending on body part being investigated, if contrast (dye injection) is required, and if more than one body parts or regions are being scanned.
The top three places where you can get a private CT scan in Calgary are the:
Below is a table showing how much each of these private CT scan providers in Calgary charges for the different body parts.
If Contrast (dye) required
Additional fee of $75 CAD.
Included in pricing
Additional fee of $125 CAD
* EFW prices are introductory as at of February 18th, 2020. All providers prices are subject to change. For up to date price, call find out.
You need a doctor to assess your requirement for a CT scan and then get one prescribed or fill out a requisition form for you to be able to have such a scan.
You can discuss with your family family physician to request a private CT scan for you or even your specialist if you are seeing a specialist for related issue.
Another option is to seek telemedicine consult and speak with a virtual online doctor who can assess you and put in a requisition for you to have a private CT scan for a fee, because telemedicine consultations are not covered by the provincial Alberta Health Services Insurance Plan. The whole process is very simple and straightforward.
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