Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant. Your doctor may postpone the exam or choose an alternative exam to reduce the possible risk of exposing your baby to radiation.
Preparation for your CT scan depends on which part of your body will be scanned.
Some scans, typically abdominal and pelvic, require a liquid contrast medium prior to your exam. Contrast medium can be taken by mouth or intravenously. If you are scheduled for a CT abdomen and/or pelvis, please arrive 1 hour and 30 minutes before appointment time for contrast prep.
You may eat a normal diet and take daily medications, however, depending on the body area being scanned, your doctor may ask you to temporarily modify your diet, take laxatives, enemas or suppositories.
If you are receiving contrast during your exam please consider the following:
You may take your usual medications with water, but do not eat anything for at least 4 hours before your test. You may have clear liquids for 4 hours prior.
If you are on Glucophage (Metformin) you should take your morning dose and you should see your doctor for a blood test before taking Glucophage again.
Contrast medium can cause allergic reactions or may be difficult for some individuals to receive during the exam. We will ask you a series of questions at the time of scheduling and at the time of your exam to be sure all patients are properly screened before receiving contrast.
You may be asked to remove your clothing and put on a hospital gown.
You will be asked to remove all metal or electronic objects from your body before the exam as these objects interfere with the quality of the images.