CAT Scan with Contrast
What is a CA CAT T SCAN with Contrast?
This is an x-ray that uses a special scanner and computer to produce detailed pictures. You will be asked to lie down on the CT table, please be aware that the table will move and the CT Scan will make sounds during your scan. It is very important that you relax and don't move. The technologist will watch the scan from another room and give your directions on when to breathe via a speaker. The longest scan should be complete within 30 minutes. The radiologist will look at your pictures and a report will be sent to your ordering physician, normally reports are sent to your physician within three (3) days. If you are given oral contrast to drink, it is best to do so within 5 to 10 minutes. The contrast will need to be in your system for 60 minutes prior to the start of your scan.
Do I need to have blood drawn before my exam?
If you have a history of renal problems, are diabetic or are 50 years or older you will need a serum creatinine within 30 days of your exam. If you have just come from the lab, it will take approximately one (1) hour for results to be completed. This may delay your appointment time.
What do I do if there is a possibility that I might be pregnant?
If there is a possibility that you are pregnant, please tell the technologist before the scan.
Are any activities restricted after this procedure?
No, you may continue your normal activities.
Do I need to make changes to my diet?
Continue your normal diet; no restrictions are necessary following this scan. Drink plenty of fluids for the rest of the day unless contraindicated.
Do I need to adjust any medications?
Your medicines should not be stopped unless your doctor tells you to.
My doctor requested that I bring my films to my next appointment, what do I do?
Saint Joseph has implemented a new imaging archiving system which allows physicians to digitally view your images in their offices. The technologist that performs your procedure will also be able to provide you with a CD (computerized disk) to take with you upon request. If you did not receive a CD from the technologist and you need a copy of your images, you can also contact the Radiology Imaging Library at 859.313.2290. If someone else is going to pick up your CD, you must call us and give us their information and they must present a picture ID.
Saint Joseph Outpatient Diagnostic Center
Saint Joseph Office Park - Bldg. C
1401 Harrodsburg Road, Ground Floor
Lexington, KY 40504