Adults

Contact the hospital department where your CT scan is scheduled if:
  • You think you have a condition that might prevent a CT Scan.
  • You are having an abdomen and pelvic CT exam (special preparations are required).
  • You have questions or concerns of any kind.  
Before Your Exam
  • Wear clothing with as few metal fasteners or snaps as possible.
  • See “After Your Exam” if you have diabetes and are currently taking Glucophage, Metformin, or any of the other diabetes meds listed.   
  • Bring your most recent x-ray, CT or MRI scans, your health insurance information and any necessary forms.   
  • Check in at least 15 minutes prior your scheduled appointment time at the radiology reception desk. A child and/or patient requiring special preparation or sedation may be asked to arrive earlier.   
  • Plan for at least 30 minutes to complete your CT examination. The length of your scan will depend on the type of information needed and may require more or less time.   
  • Patients with diabetes and taking any form of Glucophage or Metformin, HIV positive, greater than 65 years old will need laboratory work to check for creatinine and BUN blood levels prior to an IV contrast exam.
If your doctor has prescribed oral sedation or pain medication:
  • Arrive at the Imaging Center desk at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to register for your examination/procedure and take your prescribed oral sedative or pain medication.    
  • Make prior arrangements to be driven home from your procedure.   
  • Plan to rest for the remainder of the day. Do not drive, operate machinery or make important (legal) decisions for 24 hours following your examination or procedure.
 
If your doctor has prescribed conscious/IV sedation:   
  • Your examination will be performed in a hospital setting where you can be closely monitored.   
  • DO NOT EAT or DRINK anything after midnight before your exam.   
  • Arrive at the Imaging Center desk at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to register for your examination / procedure.   
  • Make prior arrangements to be driven home from your procedure.   
  • Plan to rest for the remainder of the day. Do not drive, operate machinery or make important (legal) decisions for 24 hours following your examination or procedure.
 
How to prepare for your abdomen and pelvic CT exams: Adults and Children   
Most abdomen and pelvic CT exams require the patient to drink a prepared oral contrast agent. Preparations vary and may involve pick up of a medication, preparing a liquid, drinking it the night before, special diet instructions or arriving early on the day of the exam to drink the contrast agent in the department before the scan.
   
      If you are unsure about the instructions provided at the time your examination was scheduled, contact the Imaging Center at least 48 hours in advance. Failure to prepare properly for an examination may result in delay or re-scheduling of your test.
 
After Your Exam   
      Patients may eat normally after most radiology examinations. It is best to drink extra fluids to help flush out contrast agents possibly administered during the procedure.
   
      Patients with diabetes who are currently taking any form of Glucophage or Metformin (Actoplus Met, Avandemet, Fortamet, Glucavance, Glumetza, Janumet, Metaglip, PrandiMet, Riomet), are strongly advised to stop taking these medications the day of the exam and for 48 hours following procedures where IV contrast agents are administered. Patients are advised to increase their fluid intake to flush the contrast from their system. Patients taking these medications need to contact their prescribing physician before resuming the above mentioned medication.
 
Children

Contact the hospital department where your child's CT scan is scheduled if:
  • You think your child has a condition that might prevent a CT Scan.
  • Your child is having an abdomen and pelvic CT exam (special preparations are required.)
  • You have questions or concerns of any kind.
 
Before the Procedure   
      Because motion can distort CT images, it will be necessary for your child to remain still during the examination. For this reason, CT examinations on young children are generally performed in a hospital setting where they can be monitored under sedation. Generally, children over 6 years of age may be managed in an outpatient setting without sedation.
   
      CT examinations are best performed when the child is sleepy. We recommend keeping your child up late the night before the test and waking them very early on the morning of their exam. For this reason, morning appointments are recommended.
   
      Bring your child's most recent CT, X-ray or MRI scans, your child's health insurance information and any necessary forms. Also, bring a bottle or snacks for young children to give them after the examination is complete.
   
      Plan for at least one hour to complete the exam. The length of your child's scan will depend on the age of the child, type of procedure, level of sedation and monitoring required.
 
If your child is will receive conscious / IV sedation:   
      Plan to arrive at the Imaging Center desk least 60 minutes prior to his/her scheduled appointment time to register for the exam.   
  • DO NOT let the child EAT for 4-6 hours prior to the CT exam.
  • Drinking clear liquids is allowed up to 3 hours prior to procedure.
After The Exam   
      Your child may eat normally after an examination. Children should be encouraged to drink extra fluids which helps to flush out contrast agent or other medications possibly administered during the procedure.
   
      A restful level of activity is recommended for 24 hours following any examination or procedure performed under sedation. Sedation causes drowsiness and temporarily impairs coordination. For your child's safety, bicycle riding, skating, swimming or other activities should be avoided.
   
      Always follow up with your child's physician after any diagnostic examination. The results of your child's examination will be forwarded to his / her physician, who will share the results and any treatment recommendations with you.