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.

Preparation

  • Nothing to eat or drink two hours prior to appointment.
  • 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.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
    • For Henry Ford Macomb Hospital patients only: Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. 
  • Bring a prescription/order if your doctor has given one to you. 
  • Bring a list of your current medications.
  • If allergic to IV contrast, please contact your ordering physician prior to the study.

Procedure

  • You will lie on a table. The table slides into the CT scanner.
  • You will be given contrast through an intravenous (IV) line (an IV line will be started at the beginning of your visit).
  • 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.

Considerations

  • 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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