How long does the exam take?
A CT scan requires that you relax and lie still for 5 to 30 minutes.
What should I wear?
Wear clothing that is comfortable (for example, sweat pants, t-shirt, shorts). It may be necessary for you to change into a patient gown depending on the area being scanned.
Are there any special preparations/restrictions?
If your exam requires a contrast dye to be used, please do not eat anything for three hours prior to the exam. Exams requiring contrast material include scans of the head, soft tissue, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis.
May I have a CT scan when I am breastfeeding?
If you have contrast as part of your exam, please suspend nursing for 24 hours after the scan.
Are barium sulphate studies painful?
No, but the volume of the barium can distend your abdomen and create a tight or cramping sensation. We conduct procedures rapidly so that patients can evacuate the barium as quickly as possible to eliminate the discomfort.
How will I feel after the exam?
In most cases, you may resume normal activity immediately.
Can I take my prescribed medication?
Yes, for any CT exam, you may continue taking your prescribed medication(s), with the exception of diabetic medication.
Why does HealthEast need to know a patient's creatinine level when scheduled for an exam requiring IV contrast?
The creatinine level shows whether the kidneys are functioning properly, thus protecting against renal failure.
The patient is pregnant. Can she have a CT exam?
Generally, any ionizing radiation exam is contraindicated for pregnant women. Under circumstances where the benefits outweigh the risks, CT scans of certain body parts may be allowed.