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CT Scan -is a noninvasive diagnostic imaging procedure that produce multiple crosssectional images or pictures of the inside of the

body being studied and then be examined on a computer monitor, or printed. It scans internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity and reveal more details than regular x-ray exams. CT scans may be done with or without "contrast." Contrast refers to a substance taken by mouth or injected into an intravenous (IV) line that causes the particular organ or tissue under study to be seen more clearly Prepare the patient.. 1. Wear a comfortable, loose-fitting clothing before exam. Patient may be given a gown to wear during the procedure. 2. Metal objects, including jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures and hairpins, should be removed prior the exam. Women will be asked to remove bras containing metal underwire. 3. May be asked not to eat or drink anything for a few hours beforehand, especially if a contrast material will be used and asked to sign a consent form that gives permission to do the procedure.. 4. Patient should inform physician of all medications taken and if you have any allergies in iodine. 5. Inform the physician of any recent illnesses or other medical conditions such as possibility of pregnancy. The CT scanning is usually completed within 30 minutes.

Procedure 1. Patient will lie on a scan table that slides into a large, circular opening of the scanning machine. Pillows and straps may be used to prevent movement during the procedure. 2. . The technologist will be in another room where the scanner controls are located. However, patient will be in constant sight of the technologist through a window. Speakers inside the scanner will enable the technologist to communicate with and hear you. Patient will have a call button so that you can let the technologist know if patient have any problems during the procedure. 3. The scanner will begin to rotate around you and X-rays will pass through the body for short amounts of time. Patient will hear clicking sounds, which are normal 4. The X-rays absorbed by the body's tissues will be detected by the scanner and transmitted to the computer. The computer will transform the information into an image to be interpreted by the radiologist 5. . Remain very still during the procedure. Patient may be asked to hold your breath at various times during the procedure. 6. If contrast dye is used in the procedure, patient may feel some effects when the dye is injected into the IV line. These effects include a flushing sensation, a salty or metallic taste in the mouth, a brief headache, or nausea and/or vomiting. These effects usually last for a few moments. 7. Notify the technologist if they feel any breathing difficulties, sweating, numbness, or heart palpitations After procedure If contrast dye was used during your procedure, you may be monitored for a period of time for any side effects or reactions to the contrast dye, such as itching, swelling, rash, or difficulty breathing. Notify your physician if you notice any pain, redness, and/or swelling at the IV site after you return home following your procedure, as this could indicate an infection or other type of reaction.