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Physical AND Mental Preparation for a CT Scan


Maybe you are experiencing headaches, chest or abdominal pain, have been diagnosed with COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or are being checked for vascular disease. A CT (Computed tomography) scan has been requested by your doctor so that he or she can see a clear picture of your soft tissue, bones and blood vessels without surgery.



Knowing how to prepare for your appointment can help alleviate pre-exam anxiety.


Be Physically Prepared for your Appointment


Here’s a few things you can do to physically prepare for your CT exam:
- For abdomen and/or pelvic CT exams, do not eat or drink 4 hours prior to your appointment
- Avoid wearing lots of cosmetics; perfumes, hair sprays, body piercings, and jewelry
- If your doctor has prescribed you oral sedation, you need to have a person that can drive you to and from our center
- For a complete list of printable exam preparation instructions, click on the button below:



Be Mentally Prepared for your Appointment


- How long will my CT Scan Take?
You can expect the scan itself to last approximately 5-15 minutes when a 64-slice CT scanner is used. The time can vary depending on the area of the body being imaged, use of contrast material and the stillness of the patient.
- What if I have an Implanted Medical Device?
Having an implanted medical device, such as a pacemaker or defibrillator, will not hinder your exam.
- Will my exam require Contrast?
It is possible that oral contrast or an injection of contrast will be necessary during your exam. Contrast material is used to make certain abnormalities easier to see, however it is not required for every CT exam.


- Will I be exposed to Radiation?
Yes, the CT scanner will briefly expose your body to radiation. However, the knowledge your doctors will gain from a CT scan outweighs the minor risks associated with radiation exposure. Additionally, at Clermont Radiology you will be scanned using software that lowers radiation exposure by 50-90%.
- How do I know I'm receiving the Best Care?
At Clermont Radiology, your CT Scan will be done using a 64-Slice CT Scanner paired with SafeCT software. This technology offers 4 major benefits to you:

This image is a CT scan of the upper abdomen 
1. Faster Imaging for reduced exam time
2. Lower Radiation by 50-90% for decreased exposure
3. Higher Quality Images for more accurate diagnosis
4. CT Angiograms are now available


Still have questions?


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