CT with IV Contrast and Oral Contrast

Computed Tomography (CT) is a test that combines x-rays and computer scans. The result is a detailed picture that can show problems with soft tissues, organs (such as your kidneys or lungs) and bones.

Procedure

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

Preparation

  • Nothing to eat or drink two hours prior to appointment.
  • Patients 60 years or older and patients with a history of diabetes and/or renal disease require additional blood work including Creatinine within 3 months of procedure.
  • If you are instructed to take the contrast at your appointment, arrive one hour prior to your appointment. If you are instructed to take the contrast upon arrival, take the contrast 2 hours prior to appointment and arrive 30 min prior to appointment.
  • Bring a prescription if your doctor has given one to you.
  • Bring a list of your current medications.
  • Patients with diabetes, who are currently taking Glucophage or Metformin are strongly advised to stop taking these medications for 48 hours following procedures where contrast agents are administered. Patients taking any form of Glucophage or Metformin need to contact their doctor before resuming their medication as additional blood work including Creatinine may be needed.
  • If allergic to iodine, please contact department prior to exam.

Considerations

  • Please note that our CT scan equipment has a table weight limit of 450 lbs.
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