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Computerized Tomography Scan (CT Scan) is an x-ray procedure that combines many x-ray images with the aid of a computer to generate cross-sectional views and three-dimensional images of the internal organs and structures of the body.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your exam. You may be given a gown to wear during the scan.
Metallic objects including jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures and hairpins may affect the CT images and should be removed prior to your exam. You may also be asked to remove hearing aids and removable dental fixtures.
You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for several hours before your scan, especially if a contrast material will be used in your exam. You should inform your physician of any medications you are taking and if you have any allergies, especially to contrast materials.
Also inform your doctor of any recent illnesses or medical conditions, and if you have a history of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease or thyroid problems. Any of these conditions may increase the risk of an unusual adverse reaction to the contrast material.
Women should always inform their physician or technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.
If your infant or young child is having a spiral CT, there are measures that can be taken to ensure that the test will not cause anxiety for either the child or parent.