CT Scan

A CT scan (computed tomography scan) is a diagnostic test where a series of X-rays are taken and combined to create a picture of a cross-section or slice of the body. With a CT scan, doctors can see bones and soft tissue. The images can be taken of almost any part of the body and used to diagnose a variety of medical conditions including cancer, bone fractures, blood clots, and more.

There is radiation exposure during a CT scan, so if you are pregnant or suspect you might be pregnant, please speak with your doctor before undergoing this exam.

What You Need To Know Before Your Exam

  • Typically a CT scan appointment will last approximately 15 minutes. For a CT scan with oral contrast, it could take up to 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Remove all metal objects before your CT scan.
  • If you are receiving CT scan IV contrast, do not eat or drink 4 hours prior your exam. You may continue to drink water if you prefer.
  • Continue to take all of your prescribed medications.
  • Please do not bring children under age 12 to your appointment.
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The table moves in and out of the CT scan to get the proper positioning for the exam.