CT scans are performed to analyze the internal structures of various parts of the body including the:
How to prepare for the exam
- Wear comfortable clothing
- Remove all jewelry
- You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for a few hours before your scan
What to expect during your examination
- You will be placed on a table that moves into the center of a large donut-shaped machine that takes the X-ray images around the body.
- While the table moves you into the machine, detectors and the X-ray tube rotate around you.
- Straps and pillows may be used to help you stay in position.
- You may hear buzzing, clicking and whirring noises.
- The process can take from a half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the procedure.
- The technologist will be viewing the procedure through a glass window and can communicate with you through an intercom.
- Depending on the reason for your scan, a special dye called a contrast material may be use to help highlight the areas of your body being examined.
Please notify the technologist if you are pregnant.