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What to expect

Our CT technologist will bring you back from the waiting room and help you get properly positioned and comfortable on the scanner table.

Often a special “contrast material” called dye is needed to help make specific organs stand out to better show the areas being examined. Contrast can be given through an IV (injected in a vein using a small needle), by mouth or by enema depending on what area of your body is being scanned. IV contrast is used to help highlight your blood vessels, liver, urinary tract, gallbladder or liver. You may has a warm sensation and metallic taste in your mouth during the injection. Patients who are over the age of 50 may need a blood test to make sure the kidneys are functioning properly prior to the scan. Contrast by mouth is used to help highlight your stomach or esophagus. You will be asked to drink the contrast liquid 1 – 1 ½ hours before the scan. It may taste unpleasant. Contrast material may be inserted through an enema to highlight the intestines

If you are over the age of 50 you may need a blood test to make sure your kidneys are functioning properly before having a contrast CT scan.

During the scan, you will be exposed to a minimal amount of radiation, however, we believe the benefits of the information provided by the scan outweigh the small potential risk. Please let us know if you have any concerns about this exposure.

The scan takes 15-60 minutes depending on the area of the body that is being scanned. Typically, you will get scan results in 48 hours.

CT Scans

A CT scan (often called a CAT scan) is a special type of x-ray that takes cross-sectional images (like slices of bread) of bones, lungs, lymph nodes, blood vessels and other organs. These images are used to diagnose and pinpoint diseases or injury. If a cancer diagnosis is confirmed, your medical team will use the images to come up with a treatment plan.