Prepare for a CT scan

What can I expect before my CT scan?

You will be asked to remove any metallic or other items and ALL jewelry that might interfere with the scan.

What can I expect during my CT scan?

Your CT scan will take about 15 minutes. Certain types of examinations require that intravenous contrast (“x-ray dye”) be administered in order to best evaluate the organ system or disease. During the scan you will be lying on a padded table. You may be asked to lie on your stomach, back or side, and to hold your breath or stay very still. You may hear humming noises or feel the table move slowly through the CT scanner.

What can I expect after my CT scan if I received contrast?

After your CT scan, if you received contrast, you should drink about five glasses of water to help flush out the contrast that was injected. If the area where the plastic tube (IV tube) was placed inside your vein is red, swollen or sore, you should put a warm, wet towel on the area four times a day for 15-20 minutes. If swelling continues for more than 48 hours, you should call your doctor. If you are breastfeeding, it is safe to continue to do so. After your CT scan you will be observed for any complications by the hospital staff.

Prepare for CT scan