What is a CT scan?
A CT scan is a painless test that takes pictures of the inside of the body. CT scans are especially good for showing bone, soft tissue and blood vessels. Each picture shows only a few layers of the tissue or organ at a time. This test usually takes about five to 10 minutes.
What happens just before the exam?
Arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled time to register. Orders for your exam are necessary to perform the procedure cannot proceed without physician orders. Please bring a copy of your insurance card. After you are registered in the business office, you will be directed to the Radiology Department.
Your exam may require IV or oral contrast before the exam. An X-ray dye or contrast liquid may help us better visualize certain processes within the body. You may be asked to drink a liquid for an hour before your scan. This fluid coats your stomach and intestines for better visualization. Your exam may require an intravenous dye to help us better visualize the blood vessels and vascular organs. This will require we start an IV.
What happens during the exam?
You may be asked to put on a hospital gown and remove your jewelry. The CT staff will help you lie down on the CT table. You will be asked to hold still for the exam as to not cause motion on the images.
The CT technologist will help position you on the examination table. You will move in and out of the scanner. The technologist will leave the room to control the procedure where he or she has a clear view of you and the control panel. You may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds