Procedure Name: CT Scan
Department Responsible for performing Procedure:
Department Contact Information:
Where to Report:
Please enter through the Outpatient Entrance and go to Registration. Plan
to arrive 1.5 hours before your scheduled appointment. Even if you have
recently been hospitalized, you must register. If your procedure requires
sedation or is for a biopsy or drainage, please report 2 hours before
your procedure. You will be directed to the Outpatient Procedure Unit.
What to Bring:
- Physician Order
- Any forms from your physician relating to this visit
- Your insurance / Medicaid / Medicare card
- Driver's License / Photo Identification
- List of current medications along with the dosages and times taken,
including over-the-counter drugs and herbals
- A list of all of your allergies
- Please check with your insurance carrier for any authorization requirements.
- Any films or reports from relevant studies not performed at Southern Regional.
- Do not eat for 4 hours before your scan. (You may have non-carbonated
drinks and take your medication before the scan.)
- For patients having a biopsy or drainage procedure, or those that require
sedation, do not eat or drink after midnight the night prior to your exam.
- If your procedure requires sedation, you will need someone to drive you home.
- For CT Scans, contrast may be given by mouth and/or injected.
- Let the technologist know if you have any allergies.
- Please read the Procedure Information for additional instructions and
- Please follow any other specific instructions given to you by your doctor
A CT Scan is a way of looking at the inside of your body that helps to
accurately diagnose medical conditions. The scanner produces a narrow
xray beam that examines body sections from many different angles. The
scanner is a large circular ring with a doughnut-like opening. As the
scanner rotates around your body, many pictures are taken and then projected
onto a television screen. Contrast (dye) enables the radiologist to better
visualize organs and structures that might not otherwise be seen. The
contrast may be given by mouth, or injected into a vein. The scan should
last about 30 minutes.
If the scan ordered by your physician is an abdomen or pelvis, you will
need to drink oral contrast. The contrast can be picked up in the Radiology
Dept. up to 2 days prior to your scan. You will need to bring your physicians
order with you when you pick up your contrast and to your appointment.
You may send someone to pick up your oral contrast for you, however, they
will need to bring your physician's order with them. It is important
to know that it can be 30 minutes to 2 hours before we can start your
scan depending on the amount of time your body needs for the contrast
to move into the area to be scanned. Please keep this in mind when planning
your day in order to be prepared for this possible delay. Waiting Room
for family is located in the Radiology Department. You will be asked to
sign a consent form prior to the procedure. You will be asked a series
of questions regarding your medical history.
Please make child care arrangements prior to your appointment as children
are not able to be present during the exam nor can they be left unattended
in the waiting room.