CT is a diagnostic tool that uses X-rays to produce a series of computerized images of your body that are useful in detecting many medical conditions that do not appear on traditional X-rays.
Similar in appearance to a MRI scanner, the doughnut-shaped CT scanner houses an X-ray tube that moves rapidly around a specific anatomical area, sending signals to a computer. The computer reconstructs these signals to form a cross-sectional image of your internal anatomy.
During your CT exam, you will be asked to lie very still and quiet on a padded table for approximately 15 minutes.
To prepare for a CT:
If your CT exam requires the use of a contrast agent, the technologist may start an IV, or you may drink an oral contrast agent, or both. These contrast agents allow greatly enhanced CT images. Please plan to pick up oral contrast agents in advance of your appointment at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. Continue taking your daily medications prior to your exam unless otherwise instructed.
If you have ever had a previous allergic reaction to a contrast agent, or have multiple allergies or suffer from asthma, it is very important that you notify us prior to your visit. Patients may not eat for four hours prior to any CT scan if you will be receiving IV contrast. Patients are encouraged to drink plenty of clear liquids. Patients may take medications.
If you are 70 or older and your doctor has ordered your CT with IV contrast, you will need lab work for kidney function before you have your scan.
If you have a history of renal failure, you will need lab work for kidney function before you have your scan.
If you are a diabetic, you will need lab work for kidney function before you have your scan.
Bring your insurance identification card or any other relevant insurance information.
Bring your order from your physician.
Please call 606-833-3670 if you have any questions or concerns.