|CT Scan Videos - FAQs|
|Abdomen/Pelvis CT Scan|
|Chest CT scan|
|Extremity CT scan|
|Head/Brain CT scan|
|Sinuses/Face CT scan|
|Spine (cervical, thoracic, lumbar) CT scan|
Abdomen/Pelvis CT Scan
How do I prepare for the exam?
If you need to drink barium, two options are available to you:
For patients who need to drink water for their exam, you should arrive at the Hospital 30-40 minutes prior to your appointment time. You will be given the water when you arrive in the CT Department.
Patients should wear comfortable clothing that has little or no metal.
What will happen during the exam?
During the actual exam you will lie on a table with your arms raised above your head. This table will rise up and move in and out of a large circle. The technologist will explain the breathing instructions that you will hear and cover some specific medical history questions.
Once the instructions and questions are completed the scan will start. A few images (pictures) will be taken. The technologist will set up the area to be scanned. It is very important that you hold still.
If you are receiving an injection of contrast, a technologist will stay in the room for the start of the injection and step out just prior to the scan starting again. There will be times when delayed images may be required which means you will need to remain on the table. You can keep your arms in a comfortable position until the scan starts again.
How long will the procedure take?
What will happen after the exam?
How will I learn the results?
Important: If there is any possibility that you are PREGNANT or NURSING a baby, please speak with your referring physician before your scheduled appointment.