What happens during a CT scan procedure?
• After the technologist obtains your medical history, you will change into a gown and be positioned onto the table for the scan.
• You will feel the table move after each scan and may hear a whirring noise or high-pitched beep.
• To get the most precise results, the technologist may ask you to hold your breath for a short time. Do lie as still as possible to avoid blurring the images.
• You will be able to communicate with the technologist at all times during your scan, which will take from 10 to 15 minutes.
• You may leave immediately after your CT scan.
• If you are given contrast for your scan drink plenty of fluids, especially water, for the next 24 hours to help flush the contrast medium from your body.
• The radiologist will review your scans and send the results to your physician. Urgent findings will be called or faxed in to your physician.
What are the benefits and risks of a CT scan?
CT scans are among the safest exams we do. Your body will be exposed to a small amount of radiation. If you are pregnant, you should not have a CT scan without first discussing the risks with your doctor. There is a small risk you will have an allergic reaction to contrast dye. Be sure to tell your health care provider if you know you are allergic to any medications or chemicals such as iodine. We are prepared to handle immediately any allergic reaction you might have.
What are my CT scan options?
We perform a number of different CT exams, as part of our full range of diagnostic imaging services. Your doctor will advise you on which type of CT is appropriate for you. The list below provides information on your particular scan.