CT-Scan

Preparing for your exam:

What should I eat or drink?
You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for several hours beforehand, especially if a contrast material will be used in your CT scan. You should inform your physician of any medications you are taking and if you have any allergies. If you have a known allergy to contrast material, your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction.

Please inform your doctor if you have recently been ill, have a medical condition, or if you have a history of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease or thyroid problems. Any of these conditions may increase the risk of an unusual adverse effect.

What if I am allergic to IV contrast material?
If you think you may be allergic to the IV contrast material used in a CT scan or have experienced a prior reaction to IV contrast material, please notify your referring physician prior to scheduling your CT scan appointment. If you have a known allergy to contrast material, your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction.

What should I wear?
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your exam. Certain exams may require that you wear a gown which we will provide. We recommend that you leave all valuables at home. Metal objects such as jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures and hairpins may affect the CT images and should be left at home or removed prior to your exam. You may also be asked to remove hearing aids and removable dental work.

What should I bring to my appointment?
You will be required to bring your prescription, insurance card, and any related insurance forms or pre-approvals.

When should I arrive for my appointment?
When your schedule your appointment, our Registration Clerk will let you know how soon before your appointment time you should arrive.  Depending on the exam it may be 30-60 minutes before your scheduled appointment to prepare for the test.   

If you are having a CT scan of your abdomen or pelvis, you need to arrive 1 hour before your scheduled appointment time.   Upon arrival, you will be asked to drink oral contrast material (either barium, iodine, or water). You will then wait for one hour before the examination, in order for the contrast material to  coat your stomach and small intestine. Depending on your medical condition and the type of exam being taken, you may be asked to drink barium sulfate at bedtime the night before the study.

What if I might be pregnant?
You should always inform their physician and the CT technician if there is any possibility that you are pregnant.

Will I need an IV (Intravenous) for CT scan?
Your referring physician and the radiologist will determine if IV contrast material will enhance your CT scan. IV contrast material containing iodine is used to highlight organs and blood vessels that are otherwise difficult to visualize. If IV contrast material is required for your CT scan, a small IV will be placed in your arm or hand prior to the CT scan.

Will I have to drink something for my scan?
If you are having an abdominal CT scans you may be asked to drink a certain amount of water oral contrast material. Oral contrast materials are barium- or iodine-based. Barium-based contrast material is a thick white flavored drink similar to a milkshake. Iodine-based contrast material is a concentrate that is mixed with water or juice.

During your CT Scan

Our CT technician will bring you into the CT Scanner room where you will be positioned on the table.  At this point, the CT technician will exit the room. 

Through an intercom system, you and the technician will be able to speak with one another throughout the exam.

After your CT Scan

Once your scan is completed you may resume normal activities.  You may be asked to drink plenty of non-alcoholic, decaffeinated fluids such as water or juice to help your body flush out any remaining IV or oral contrast material.

How will I know the results of my CT scan?
After your CT scan our Radiologist will read the images and dictate a report that will be sent to your referring physician, who will contact you with the results.