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What is a CT?

A CT focuses a thin beam of x-rays in a specific part of your body, such as the head, chest, abdomen, or spine. The table moves through the x-ray field producing a cross sectional image of the body part.

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During some CT scans, an IV injection of contrast material is needed to better evaluate vessels and organs.

Preparing For Your CT

Wear comfortable clothing with no metal. Jewelry and other accessories should be left at home if possible, or removed prior to the CT scan.

Let you technologist know if...

  • you are or there is a possibility you are pregnant
  • you are allergic to iodine, x-ray dye, or IVP dye
  • you have had a CT scan before and experienced any discomfort from the injection
  • you are diabetic

Please fill out the questionnaire and bring to your appointment

What to Expect During the Procedure

Before the CT begins, the technologist will review your history with you to ensure your safety.

  • You may wear comfortable clothes, such as a sweat suit. For some exams, you may be asked to change into a gown.
  • For some exams, in addition to an IV injection, you make be asked to drink a contrast solution.
  • You will be asked to lie on the table that slides into a ring shaped machine. The part of your body being scanned will be placed in the middle of the ring.
  • The technologist will leave the room and observe through a window. The table will move periodically. There will be a clicking or buzzing as the table moves. It is important that you lie still and follow any breathing instructions.

After the CT

You will be able to leave immediately following the exam. The technologist will provide instructions if necessary. The interpreting radiologist will send the results to your ordering physician. Your physician will contact you with the results.