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