CAT Scan Complications
CAT Scan Risk Factors
Alternate Names for CAT Scan:
Computed axial tomography
Computed tomography scan
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.
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.