CAT Scan Complications

Learn how your age, health condition, pregnancy, medical history and more could impact potential CAT Scan complications.

CAT Scan Risk Factors

Alternate Names for CAT Scan:
Computed axial tomography
Computed tomography scan
CT scan

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a CT scan, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Allergic reaction to contrast material
  • Damage to the kidney from contrast material
  • Small risk of radiation exposure.

    Note : A CT scan is not usually recommended if you are pregnant.

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Allergies (if you are given a contrast dye during the test)
  • Kidney problems (if you are given a contrast dye during the test)

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the test.


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