During Your CT Scan

Length of exam:

CT exams take between 10 and 30 minutes to complete, depending on the type of exam and the reason the exam is being done.

Things to know about the exam:

  • You may be asked to change into a hospital gown.
  • Our CT staff will ask you a few questions about your medical history. Any of your questions or concerns can be addressed at this time.
  • Depending upon the type of exam you are having, you may be asked to drink some liquid called “contrast” prior to your exam.
  • Some exams may require a small injection of contrast in to a vein, usually in your arm.
  • Please be assured our staff tailors each type of exam to be assured the best possible images are obtained.

During the exam:

  • You will lie on a CT table while the exam takes place, and for certain exams you will be asked to lie in a particular position. Once you are comfortable the scan will start.
  • The CT table will move quickly through the scanner to determine the correct starting position for the scan.
  • Then the table will move slowly through the machine as the actual CT scanning is performed.
  • It is important that you do not move. Any type of motion, including breathing or body movements, can result in blurry images. For this reason you may also be asked to hold your breath for a short duration.