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Computerized Tomography (CT)

CT is an x-ray technique that produces cross-sectional imaging, allowing the technologist and radiologist to visualize internal structures at great detail. These images may be used to both diagnose and treat many diseases of the body. CT exams require different patient preparation depending upon the procedure. Some exams require injection and/or oral liquid contrast. A CT exam requires approximately 30 minutes.

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Preparation prior to procedure

Patients should not eat or drink anything for four hours prior to the exam. Patients will need to bring oral contrast with them. If the exam is scheduled before 2 p.m., drink contents of oral CT contrast between 10-11 p.m. the evening before your exam. For exams scheduled after 2 p.m., drink oral CT contrast approximately six to eight hours before your appointment time. For exams requiring IV Contrast: please do not eat or drink anything four hours prior to your exam.

If you think you may be pregnant, please inform your physician or the technologist before your exam.

If you have a known contrast allergy, please contact your physician or the imaging location where you are having your exam as soon as possible.

Post-exam instructions

You can resume normal activities right away. If you were given Intravenous contrast, it will pass naturally through your body within a day. There are no side effects associated with this exam.

Results turn-around time

A radiologist will interpret your exam and transcribed report will be available to the ordering physician within 24 hours.

Institute for Orthopaedic Imaging (IOI)

CT is an x-ray technique that produces cross-sectional imaging, allowing the technologist and radiologist to visualize internal structures at great detail. These images may be used to both diagnose and treat many diseases of the body. CT exams require different patient preparation depending upon the procedure. Some exams require injection and/or oral liquid contrast. A CT exam requires approximately 30 minutes.

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