CT with IV Contrast and 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.
- Nothing to eat or drink two hours prior to 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.
- Henry Ford Hospital, West Bloomfield Hospital, and Macomb Hospital patients: Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
- Macomb Health Center (Chesterfield, Richmond, Washington Twp) and Wyandotte Hospital patients: Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
- Allegiance Hospital patients: Arrive 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to your scheduled 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.
- You will need to drink water prior to or upon your visit (instructions of when to drink will be given to you). You can use the restroom as needed.
- 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.
- 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.