To prepare for a CT scan, patients should wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing without any metal clips, ties or belts. Female patients should notify our office if they believe they may be pregnant. Depending on the type of exam, the following preparations may be necessary.
Nothing to eat or drink for three hours prior to exam. You will need to arrive 1.5 to 3 hours prior to your exam for oral contrast preparation. Our office will instruct you on how much time to allow for your exam.
Nothing to eat or drink for 3 hours prior to exam. No smoking for 3 hours prior to exam.
For most CT exams you will lie face up on the table. The CT table will move in and out of the scanner during the exam, you just need to remain still. Periodically, the technologist may ask you to hold your breath for a few seconds. For some body parts, or to enhance some areas, a contrast media may need to be injected.
Before the injection you will be asked some specific questions about allergies and medications you may be taking. The answers to these questions will help the radiologist decide if any contrast will be used.
Once the CT exam is complete you may return to normal activities. Fluids are encouraged to help any contrast material that was used move through the body. One of our radiologists will interpret the exam and report the findings to your physician.