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or Computed Tomography, produces two and three-dimensional
images of the body showing details that cannot be seen on
Dress comfortably in clothing without metal if
possible. It may be necessary to change into a gown for some
procedures. We recommend that you leave jewelry at home.
Bring your insurance card, list of medications and allergies,
and photo ID.
Contrast is often used for exams of the brain, neck, chest,
abdomen and pelvis. If your doctor has ordered a CT scan with
contrast, you should refrain from solid food or dairy products
for two hours prior to your exam. You may have clear
liquids or any type of juice. Specific prep instructions,
based on your medical history, will be given when the
appointment is made.
What to Expect
The technologist will begin by asking you a series of questions
about your medical history. Some of these questions may include:
you have any allergies?
medications do you take?
you have any pre-existing conditions such as heart, blood,
or kidney disease or diabetes?
symptoms have you experienced recently?
of any type of surgery?
If you have questions or concerns about your exam, please do not
hesitate to ask the technologist.
You will be asked to lie on a moveable couch. You will be
comfortably positioned so that the part of your body to be
examined lies in the middle of the doughnut shaped CT scanner.
You will not feel anything from the machine except the movement
of the table.
Some procedures use various forms of contrast material to
enhance the organs in your body. This may be in the form of a
drink, an enema, and/or an injection. The contrast material
contains iodine, which will help us visualize structures that
may not be seen otherwise.
As the procedure begins, the table will move through the CT
scanner. You may be asked to hold your breath. At the end
of the procedure, you may be asked to wait briefly to allow the
images to be reviewed before you leave.
After Your Exam
You can usually resume your normal diet and activities right
away. Any contrast you were given will pass naturally through
your body. Drink plenty of fluids for the next 24 hours.
If you drank contrast material, it may cause a mild laxative
effect for a short time. If you received IV contrast and take
Metformin (Glucophage or Glucovance), you must be off this
medication for at least 48 hours after the exam. Your physician
may want to do lab work before you resume this medication. Check
with your doctor's office for these instructions.
A Board Certified radiologist will interpret your study and
provide a written report to your doctor. Your doctor
should provide you with information about these and other
diagnostic findings, along with any further recommendations.