What should I expect during this exam?
A CT scan may take anywhere from 5 minutes to a half hour. Our Technologist will position you on our cushioned CT table and pillows may be used to help keep you still and in the proper position during the scan. Our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible. The table will move slowly into the CT scanner opening. Depending on the area of the body being examined, the increments of movement may be very small and almost undetectable or large enough to feel the motion.
To enhance the visibility of certain tissues or blood vessels, use of different contrast materials (x-ray dye) may be required. Depending on the type of examination, contrast material may be injected through an IV, swallowed or administered by enema.
Before administering the contrast material, you should inform the radiologist or technologist of the following:
The CT technologist will step out of the CT exam room into an adjacent control room, but will be in constant visual and verbal contact with you during the brief time that the scan is actually being performed. You may be asked to wait until the images are reviewed, to determine of more images are needed.
- Any allergies, especially prior allergic reactions to radiologic contrast agents
- If you have a history of diabetes, asthma, kidney problems, heart or thyroid conditions. These conditions may indicate a higher risk of reaction to the contrast material or potential problems eliminating the material from the patient's system after the exam.
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Peninsula Imaging, LLC
Address:1655 Woodbrooke Drive, Suite 101, Salisbury Maryland, 21804
Phone: 410-749-1123 / Toll Free: 1-866-725-1061