CT- Patient Preparation and Instructions


Please bring your insurance information on the day of your exam.

A CT scan typically takes about 5 minutes for the actual scan time, but dressing, positioning and exam preparation may take up to 45 minutes. You should dress comfortably but avoid any clothing in the area to be scanned that has a zipper, snaps or jewelry, since metal objects may affect the CT images.

You may also be asked to remove hairpins, jewelry, eyeglasses, hearing aids and any removable dental work, depending on the part of the body that is being scanned.

No special preparation is needed for a CT scan unless you are to receive contrast material (a substance that highlights the area of interest and blood vessels and makes abnormalities easier to see). If the radiologist believes that an intravenous (IV) injection of contrast material will be helpful, you will be asked in advance whether you have had allergies in the past or have ever had a serious reaction to medication. Please call our office prior to your examination if you have a history of allergy to iodine dye.

The radiologist should be informed if you have asthma, multiple myeloma or any disorder of the heart, kidneys or thyroid gland, or if you have diabetes - particularly if you are taking Glucophage(Metphormin).

The staff may ask you about your medical history, including previous surgeries and symptoms related to the area of interest being imaged.

You may take any prescription medications as usual unless otherwise instructed.

Please notify the staff at our office if you might be pregnant.