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CAT Scan Abdomen & Pelvis


DEFINITION: The use of x-rays and a computer to create pictures of your body.

PREPARATION: Any medications, including insulin, should be continued as prescribed.

DAY OF EXAM: Readi-Cat (Barium Sulfate Suspension) for patients with no abdominal or pelvic surgery planned within 72 hours after this exam.  4 hours prior to your exam, drink the entire bottle, finishing in 20 minutes.  Then, drink the second bottle 3 hours later.

Please arrive at Admissions 45 minutes prior to your exam if lab work is needed.  If lab is not needed, please arrive 30 minutes prior to exam time.  An IV may be started for the administration of contrast.

DURING THE EXAM: The technologist will position you. It is very important not to move during the exam. You will hear the scanner operate and will be asked to follow breathing instructions.

AFTER THE EXAM: Outpatients may be asked to wait a few minutes then resume normal activity. Inpatients will be returned to their room.  Drink fluids to flush the Barium and Contrast out of your system.  



CAT Scan Cervical, Thoracic, or Lumbar Spine


DEFINITION: The use of x-rays, with a computer, to generate clear cross- sectional views of the human body.

PURPOSE: To diagnose diseases or injuries of the spine.

PREPARATION:
No preparation.

DURING THE EXAM:
You will be asked to lie down on a special table while the CT Technologist positions you. It is very important that you do not move during the exam. You will hear a click as the unit turns on and off. You will also hear a hum while the pictures are being taken. The time for this examination is approximately 30 minutes per exam.

AFTER THE EXAM:
If you are an outpatient you may go home and resume normal activity. If you are an inpatient you will be returned to your room.



CAT Scan Chest


DEFINITION: The use of x-rays, with a computer, to generate clear cross- sectional views of the human body.

PURPOSE: To diagnose diseases or injuries of the chest.

PREPARATION: Do not eat any solid food during the 4 hour period prior to your exam.  Any medications, including insulin, should be continued as prescribed. Prior to the exam, you will be asked to fill out a contrast screening form.

DURING THE EXAM: You will be asked to lie down on a special table while the CT Technologist positions you. It is very important that you do not move during the exam. You will hear a click as the unit turns on and off. You will also hear a hum while the pictures are being taken. The time for this examination is approximately 30-40 minutes.  There will be breathing instructions during the exam that are very important to follow. 

AFTER THE EXAM: If you are an outpatient, the IV will be removed and you will be advised to drink fluids to flush the contrast from your system.   You may then go home and resume normal activity. If you are an inpatient you will be returned to your room.



CAT Scan Head/Sinuses


DEFINITION: The use of x-rays, with a computer, to generate clear cross- sectional views of the human body.

PURPOSE: To diagnose diseases or injuries, of the skull, brain, or sinuses.

PREPARATION: Do not eat any solid food during the 4 hour period prior to your exam.  Any medications, including insulin, should be continued as prescribed. Prior to the exam, you will be asked to fill out a contrast screening form.

DURING THE EXAM: You will be asked to lie down on a special table while the CT Technologist positions your head. It is very important that you do not move your head during the exam. You will hear a click as the unit turns on and off. You will also hear a hum while the pictures are being taken.  If your physician orders Contrast, Contrast material will be injected while more images are taken. The time for this examination is approximately one hour.

AFTER THE EXAM: If you are an outpatient, the IV will be removed and you will be advised to drink fluids to flush the contrast from your system.  You may then go home and resume normal activity. If you are an inpatient you will be returned to your room.



CAT Scan Soft Tissue of Neck


DEFINITION: The use of x-rays , with a computer, to generate clear cross- sectional views of the human body.

PURPOSE: To diagnose diseases or injuries of the neck.

PREPARATION: Prior to the exam, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire.  You will need to avoid food and drink for 4 hours prior to the exam. 

DURING THE EXAM: You will be asked to lie down on a special table while the CT Technologist positions your neck. It is very important that you do not move during the exam. You will hear a click as the unit turns on and off. You will also hear a hum while the pictures are being taken. After preliminary pictures are taken, if Contrast has been ordered by your physician, Contrast material will be injected while more images are taken. The time for this examination is approximately 30 minutes.

AFTER THE EXAM:
If you are an outpatient, the IV will be removed and you will be advised to drink fluids to flush the contrast from your system.  You may then go home and resume normal activity. If you are an inpatient you will be returned to your room.