CT Scan

Computed tomography (CT) is a test that combines X-rays and computer scans. The result is a detailed picture that can show soft tissues (such as the lining of your sinuses), organs (such as your kidneys or lungs), blood vessels, and bones. All CT Scans require a Physician order.

During Your Test

  • You may be given contrast through an intravenous (IV) line or by injection.
  • You will lie on a table. The table slides into the CT scanner.
  • The technologist will ask you to hold your breath for a few seconds during your scan.

Reason For The Procedure

CT scans can show soft tissues (such as the lining of your sinuses), organs (such as your kidneys or lungs), blood vessels, and bones.

Preparation Required Before Procedure

  • Be sure to tell your health care provider if you have ever had a reaction to IV contrast media, shellfish or iodine.
  • Please bring a list of your current medications.
  • Follow any directions you’re given for not eating or drinking before the procedure. Your provider will give you instructions if required.
  • The length of the procedure may vary.
  • Arrive on time to check in.
  • When you arrive, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown. Remove all metal near the part of your body that will be scanned, including jewelry, eyeglasses, and dentures.

Possible Risks and Complications of CT

  • Radiation exposure from X-rays
  • Allergic reaction (such as hives, itching, or wheezing) IV contrast media

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