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Diagnosing broken bones, cancer, blood clots, abdominal conditions, internal bleeding.

What Happens

You lie still on a table and may have to hold your breath for a short time. The CT machine is aimed at the part of your body that your healthcare provider needs to see. For some CT scans you may receive a "contrast dye", which makes parts of your body show up better. The dye may be given through an intravenous (IV) tube or syringe in your arm. Some dye is given in a drink.

What You Need to Know

If you are scheduled for a CAT Scan:

    • Exams typically require last only 15 minutes
    • Be sure to drink plenty of fluids the day before a head, chest, or abdominal scan.
    • On the day your Scan is scheduled, arrive 30 minutes early to take care of any necessary paperwork at Outpatient Registration.
    • If having an abdominal and/or pelvic scan, you will need to drink liquid barium - half a bottle two hours before the scan and the other half one hour before the scan. Please be sure not to eat anything four hours prior to the exam.
    • Most spinal and head scans require no special patient preparations or restrictions.

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