CT with IV Contrast (No 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment and bring a prescription if your doctor has given one to you. CT angiogram prescriptions need to state CTA, then the area of interest.
  • 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.


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