What can I expect during this procedure?
To enhance the visibility of certain tissues or blood vessels, use of different contrast materials may be required. Depending on the type of examination, contrast material may be injected through an IV, administered orally or by enema.
The technologist positions you on the CT table. The table moves slowly into the CT scanner opening. Depending on the area of the body being examined, the increments of movement may be minimal and almost undetectable, or large enough to feel the motion. You are unaccompanied in the room during your scan, however, your technologist can see, hear and speak with you at all times.
To determine if more images are needed, you may be asked to wait until the images are reviewed.
You might feel:
- Flushed or have a metallic taste in your mouth. These are common reactions to the contrast material that disappear in a minute or two
- A warm sensation that extends to your bladder
- A mild itching sensation. If the itching persists or is accompanied by hives, it is easily treated with medication
After a CT scan with contrast, the technologist will remove the intravenous line and cover the tiny incision with a small dressing. You may resume your normal activities. A full report will be sent to your referring physician within 48 hours following your exam.