Computed Tomography (CT)

Computed Tomography (CT) is a painless, non-invasive, and accurate exam for imaging all areas of the body.

What to expect during your CT exam

Before your exam

  • Dress comfortably. You may be given a gown or shorts to wear during your exam.
  • You will be asked to complete one or more exam questionnaires. Please bring a list of your medications.
  • You may be asked to come in 90 minutes early to drink contrast before your exam.
  • An IV may be started prior to your exam if your exam requires IV contrast.

During your exam

  • You will lie either head-first or feet-first on the exam table.
  • You may be asked to hold your breath during the scan.
  • The actual CT scan usually takes just a few minutes and is relatively painless.
  • The table will move in and out of the CT scanner while images are obtained.

After your exam

  • Once the CT scan is completed you may resume your normal activities.
  • You will be given any special instructions after your exam.
  • Your CT scan will be interpreted by a board-certified radiologist and printed results sent to your physician.