CAT Scan Care
CAT Scan Details
Alternate Names for CAT Scan:
Computed axial tomography
Computed tomography scan
Before the test, your doctor will likely ask about:
- Your medical history
- Medicines you take
- Whether you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant
- Leading up to your test, follow your doctor's instructions regarding any changes in how you take your medicines and any restrictions on your eating and drinking.
At the healthcare facility:
- A healthcare professional will explain the test and answers any questions you may have.
- You will remove your clothes and put on a gown or robe.
- You will remove all jewelry, hair clips, dentures, and other objects that could show on the x-rays and make the images hard to read.
- If your CT scan includes oral contrast material, you will need to drink the contrast material at this time.
You will lie (usually on your back) on a movable bed. The bed will slide into the donut-shaped CT scanner. Depending on the type of scan, an IV line may be placed in your hand or arm. A saline solution and contrast material may be injected during the test. The technologist will leave the room. She will give you directions via an intercom. The machine will take a series of pictures of the area of your body that is being studied. Your bed may move slightly between pictures.After Test
You will need to wait for the technician to review your images. In some cases, more images will need to be taken.How Long Will It Take?
About 10-15 minutesWill It Hurt?
You may feel warm and flushed if contrast material is injected into your vein. Otherwise, you should feel no pain.
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.