CT with Oral Contrast (without IV 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.
  • 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 time.
  • Bring a prescription if your doctor has given one to you.
  • Bring a list of your current medications.
  • Henry Ford Hospital and West Bloomfield patients: Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • Macomb patients: Arrive 1 ½ hours prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • Wyandotte patients: Arrive 1 hour prior to your scheduled appointment.


  • For Macomb and Wyandotte only: Please note that our CT scan equipment has a table weight limit of 450 lbs.
  • Due to the use of contrast, if you are also having a Bone Density or GI study performed, it must be performed either before the CT scan or at least 10 days following the CT.
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