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Professional Radiology and Outpatient Imaging Services

Procedure Prep - CT

What information should I provide before my CT examination?

You will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire that will assist in assuring that the highest quality examination is performed.

What should I wear to my examination?

Please wear comfortable clothing that does not have zippers or other metal fasteners. If you cannot wear this to your exam, a cloth gown or robe will be provided. Lockers are available to store your personal belongings.

How should I prepare for my exam?

If your exam requires you to drink oral contrast before your appointment, please follow the instructions given by your healthcare provider.

Please let us know if you have any of the following medical conditions:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Kidney problems
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy – known or possible
  • Previous reactions to iodinated contrast (IVP or CT dye)
  • Recent chemotherapy (within 30 days)

Is there any preparation on my part prior to my appointment?

If your previous imaging was not done at one of our locations, you may be asked to contact your former provider and request that your film be sent to us for a comparison study.

Do I need to bring anything with me to the examination?

  • Your insurance card and a valid photo ID.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete registration.

Your insurance company will be billed for the procedure. You will receive a bill for any co-pay or non-covered expenses.

What happens during my exam?

You will be positioned on a cushioned table that will move slowly through the CT scanner. The scanner will make slight buzzing, clicking and whirling sounds as it captures the images. For the best quality images, you will be asked to remain as still as possible during the exam.

Your exam may require contrast material to be injected through an IV. If so, an IV will be placed in your arm before the scan starts. Images will be taken before and after the contrast material is injected.

May I move during the examination?

It is important that you remain as still as possible. The technologist may ask you to hold your breath at various times during your procedure so that the images will be clear. It is very similar to having your photo taken.

Is a CT painful?

No. The CT is painless; however some procedures require that an IV (intravenous or within a vein) be started for an injection of contrast material that will improve imaging.

How long will the examination last?

Most CT exams take 30-45 minutes, to accommodate IV placement (if required for your exam) and patient education. Exam time varies depending on what part of your body is being scanned. You can consult with your CT technologist for more details, when they contact you to confirm your appointment.

How will I receive my CT results?

A Board Certified Radiologist (a physician who specializes in interpreting diagnostic imaging) will study the images from your examination and send a medical report to your physician.