What is computerized axial tomography (CT Scan)?
CT is an advanced imaging technique which uses a computer and x-rays to
show differences in tissue density.
How long does the scan take?
This depends on the body area being studied. An average length of time
would be approximately 30 minutes.
How is the scan done?
You lie on a special x-ray table. Some scans require the IV injection of
the contrast media. Reactions are rare but it is important to report any
concerns to the technologist.
Preparation for the scan:
___ Abdominal and/or Pelvis with IV injection:
- Do not eat or drink for 4-6 hours before the scan.
- Drink 1 1/2 bottle oral contrast one hour before your exam and 1/2
bottle 1/2 hour before exam.
- If any medications are needed, please check with your physician.
There is no preparation for the following scans:
|___ Head ___ Spine
___ Neck ___ Extremities
___ Abdomen and/or Pelvis for Bone Structures
___ Abdomen and/or Pelvis for Kidney Stones
It is extremely important to report any allergies or previous reactions
to medications to the physician, nurses, or x-ray personnel.
A radiologist will evaluate the test and prepare a report to be sent to
your doctor. It may take several days to receive this report from your