What to Expect
You will be asked to arrive at least one hour prior to your exam and required to drink an oral contrast agent in timed intervals prior to the exam. Once this is complete, you will begin your exam by lying on the CT scan table with your arms resting above your head. You will then be given contrast material through the intravenous (IV) line that was placed earlier. You may feel a brief warm sensation after the contrast material is injected.
You may be asked to hold your breath during the scanning.
Once the scanning is complete and all images needed have been acquired, your IV will be removed.
After a CT exam, you can return to your normal activities. If you received contrast material, you may be given special instructions.