CT (COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY) SCAN
A CT (Computed Tomography) scan uses X-Ray to make detailed pictures of structures inside of the body. A CT scan can be used to study all parts of your body, such as the head, chest, abdomen, pelvis or extremities. CT scans have allowed healthcare providers to inspect the inside of the body without having to operate or perform unpleasant examinations.
CT SCAN PREP INSTRUCTIONS
- Nothing to eat or drink (except water) for 2 hours prior to arrival IF the exam was ordered with contrast.
- Do you have a history of kidney disease/kidney failure? If so, notify a technologist when you arrive for your appointment.
- Most medications can be taken within 4-6 hours of exam unless instructed otherwise (use water only).
- Bring insurance card and your order IF you were given one by your doctor.
- Wear comfortable clothing with no metal if possible.
- Procedure will take approximately 15-30 mins. per exam.
- Have you had any prior images taken on the area of interest? If so, please let a staff member know so we can obtain the images and reports for comparison.
- Are you scheduled for a CT Scan Abdomen/Pelvis with oral contrast? If so, you will need to arrive 2 hours in advance to drink contrast or if possible come the day before exam to pick up contrast. You will drink 1 full bottle two hours prior to your exam time, drink 1/2 bottle an hour prior to exam and you will bring the other 1/2 with you to your appointment. If you pick up the oral contrast then you will only need to arrive only 30 minutes early to register.