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CT Procedures

CT HEAD
Without contrast: No preparation is needed.  Requires lying still for several pictures.

Typical exam time is 5 minutes 





With contrast: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to appointment.  We may check your kidney function with a simple blood test.  An IV will be started in your arm, for contrast injection during the procedure. 

Typical exam time is 20 minutes 


 



CT NECK
Without contrast: No preparation is needed.  Requires lying still for several pictures.

Typical exam time is 5 minutes 





With contrast: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to appointment.  We may check your kidney function with a simple blood test.  An IV will be started in your arm, for contrast injection during the procedure.  

Typical exam time is 20 minutes 






CT CHEST

Without contrast: No preparation is needed.  Typically a 5 minute study requiring lying still for several pictures. 

 Typical exam time is 5 minutes 



 

With contrast: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to appointment.  We may check your kidney function with a simple blood test.  An IV will be started in your arm, for contrast injection during the procedure.  

Typical exam time is 20 minutes 

 




CT ABDOMEN/PELVIS

Without contrast: No preparation is needed.

Typically a 5 minute study requiring lying still for several pictures. 

  



With contrast: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours.  We may check your kidney function with a simple blood test.  An IV will be started in your arm, for contrast injection during the procedure. You may also be required to drink an oral contrast for your study.  Drinking instructions will be given when you pick up the oral contrast at our front desk the day before your appointment. 

Typical exam time is 5 minutes 

 




CT SPINE: Cervical, Thoracic or Lumbar
Without contrast: No preparation is needed.  Typically a 5 minute study requiring lying still for several pictures.  

Typical exam time is 5 minutes 

 



With contrast: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to appointment.  We may check your kidney function with a simple blood test.  An IV will be started in your arm, for contrast injection during the procedure.  

Typical exam time is 20 minutes 

 




CTA Exams: CT Angiography
CTA’s are studies dedicated to evaluate you arteries.  They require an IV and IV contrast.  CTA’s can be done on the Head, Neck, Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis and down through the extremities.

Patient Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to the test.  We may check your kidney function with a simple blood test.  An IV will be started in your arm, for contrast injection during the procedure.  If you can, you should drink plenty of water the day before your study to ensure that you are well hydrated.  You may be asked to continue drinking water after your exam to help flush out the IV contrast you received.  You can take all your normal medications with the smallest amount of water you can tolerate unless advised otherwise by our department or your physician.  If you need to take medications with food, please contact our department for further information. 

Typical exam time is 20-30 minutes 

 




Cardiac CT (also known as CCTA)

Patient Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to the test.  We may check your kidney function with a simple blood test.  An IV will be started in your arm, for contrast injection during the procedure. If you can, you should drink plenty of water the day before your study to ensure that you are well hydrated.  You may be asked to continue drinking water after your exam to help flush out the IV contrast you received.  You can take all your normal medications with the smallest amount of water you can tolerate unless advised otherwise by our department or your physician.  If you need to take medications with food, please contact our department for further information.

Other information: Your doctor will prescribe a beta blocker to take prior to the procedure. This is a medication to slow your heart rate, which helps achieve adequate imaging of the heart.  You may also be given nitroglycerin during the exam to dilate the vessels in the heart.

Typical exam time is 1 ½ hours, with the first hour in our nursing unit and the next half hour in the CT department.

 

 

 

To schedule a CT at Penrose Hospital Imaging Services or St. Francis Medical Center Imaging Services, call Scheduling Services at 719-776-8010.





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