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.