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 4 hours before test.
- 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.
- You will drink one bottle of oral contrast every 15-20 minutes (3 bottles total) prior to exam.
- Patients 55 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.
- For Wyandotte patients only: Patients 60 years or older and patients with a history of diabetes and/or renal disease require additional blood work including Creatinine within 2 weeks of procedure.
- Bring a prescription if your doctor has given one to you.
- Bring a list of your current medications.
- If allergic to IV contrast, please contact department prior to exam.
- 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 study performed, it must be performed either before the CT scan or at least 10 days following the CT.