Computed Tomography (often called a CAT scan or CT) is a quick procedure that utilizes x-rays to create a computer generated images of internal structures throughout the body.
CT is commonly used to image the brain, spine, chest, abdomen and pelvis. At our imaging locations we have state-of-the art 64 slice scanners which are regularly updated to ensure you are benefiting from the newest technology.
Q: What do I have to do to prepare for a CT? Do I have limitations for the rest of the day?
A: Depending on why your doctor has ordered the exam, you may be asked to refrain from eating for several hours prior to the study.
There are no limitations on your activities after a CT. Sedation is not used for a CT. You will be able to drive yourself to and from the procedure and perform your normal daily activities.
Please notify your physician and the radiology technologist if you have a history of a contrast reaction!
Q: Will I receive contrast “dye”?
A: There are two types of contrast: oral and intravenous (IV). Depending on why you are getting the CT, you may receive either oral or IV contrast or both. If you are requested to drink oral contrast you will need to wait up to an hour prior to your CT scan to allow for optimal imaging.
Contrast or “dye” injected into your veins is very safe. There is a small population of people who are allergic to iodinated contrast. If you have a history of such a reaction, please make sure to notify your doctor or the radiology technologist so that steps can be taken to prevent future reactions. In most cases you will still be able to get the IV contrast after taking medications to prevent a reaction.
For more information on specific procedures performed by our interventional radiologists, please refer to: radiologyinfo.org.