What will I experience during the procedure?
CT scanning is painless. Preparation will vary depending on the type of scan you are having. To enhance the visibility of body tissue or blood vessels, use of different contrast material may be administered by mouth, intravenously, or by rectal enema.
You may be asked to drink a flavored oral contrast agent, a liquid which will allow our Radiologist to better see the stomach, small bowel and colon. Some patients find the taste of the contrast material slightly unpleasant, but tolerable. For a study of the colon, you may require the administration of the contrast material by enema. You may experience a sense of abdominal fullness and the need to have a bowel movement. Any discomfort is generally mild and easily tolerated. Our Technologist will allow you to use the restroom immediately after such an exam.
To highlight the difference between normal and abnormal tissue in organs like the liver or kidneys, or to better show blood vessels, contrast is commonly injected into a vein. You might feel:
After your CT scan is complete, you may eat and resume normal activity. Fluid is encouraged. Any contrast material given during the procedure will pass naturally through the patient's body, usually within one day.
- Flushed or have a slight metallic taste in your mouth. These are common responses which disappear in a minute or two
- Nausea or queasy stomach is unusual with the newer contrast agents. If it occurs, it is usually very brief.
- A mild itching sensation. If the itching persists or is accompanied by hives, it can be treated with antihistamine medication such as Benadryl.
- In rare cases, you may experience shortness of breath or swelling in the throat or other parts of the body. These can be indications of a more serious reaction to the contrast material.
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