Computerized tomography (CT) scans use low-dose radiation to provide clear, detailed pictures of your internal organs and tissues. As part of our commitment to providing high-quality imaging care, our imaging staff aims to make your procedure as relaxed and stress-free as possible.
The following information will help you prepare for your CT scan:
There are two types of CT scans—those done with contrast, and those done without contrast. Your preparation instructions will be different depending on which type of CT scan you are scheduled to have.
If you are scheduled to have a CT scan without contrast, there is no special preparation before your exam. Unless otherwise directed by your physician, you may continue to take medication and eat as you normally would.
If you are scheduled to have a CT scan with contrast, you may need to follow special instructions but not all contrast studies require a fast or oral contrast.
If you do have special instructions they may include:
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