Computerized Tomography Scan (CT Scan)
Computerized tomography (CT scan) is used to visualize the bones and soft tissues in different areas of the body including head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvic, etc. It is also used to assist in procedures by helping to accurately guide the placement of instruments or treatments.
CT scan without Contrast Material
No specific preparation is required to perform CT scan without contrast material. It can be immediately done for the patient. Female patients should be free of pregnancy to be able to perform the procedure.
CT scan with Contrast Material
CT scan with contrast material (oral or injection) requires the following preparation:
Fasting for 8 hours before the procedure.
Sign the informed consent.
If the patient has any kind of allergy to food or medicines especially penicillin or asthma, he/she should follow the instructions provided by the health care staff.
Abdomen or pelvic CT scan: the patient should come one hour before the time of the procedure to take the contrast material orally.
Perform blood test to assess the kidney functioning (Creatinine level).
CT Colonography: refer to the instructions of virtual Colonography.