Preparing for Your CT Exam

General Guidelines:
A CT exam usually takes approximately 15-30 minutes. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to
verify your registration information and complete patient registration forms. Please make sure you have your insurance cards with you.  Bring prior scans with you to the exam if you are instructed to do so. Please do not bring unaccompanied children with you for your CT Scan.  Community MRI-CT staff will send the results of your exam directly to your physician within 24 hours. Your physician will discuss the results with you at your next scheduled appointment or by telephone.

Contrast Injection
Some examinations of the abdomen and pelvis require nothing to eat or drink for 6 hours prior to the exam. A liquid contrast may also need to be drank in our office starting 1 hour prior to the actual exam time.

Community MRI-CT staff will notify you if you are having a procedure that requires a contrast injection.

Contrast media is used to increase visualization of structures within the body, particularly structures that are vascular or vascular in nature such as tumors.

CT contrast is a iodine-based liquid that can readily be seen using CT technology. It is injected into the blood stream through an IV. It remains in the blood stream at a high concentration and is completely eliminated by a typical patient in a few hours.

For patients that are over the age of 60 and any patients with known liver or kidney disorders, diabetes, hypo or hypertension, congestive heart failure, or patients with certain cancers such as myeloma, Community MRI-CT requires patients to have laboratory tests done prior to their CT to ensure safety. The tests are very quick and easy and can usually be done the same day as the exam. However, since we do not perform these required labs at Community MRI-CT, scheduling timelines may be different. When you schedule your appointment at Community MRI-CT, the staff will let you know if you need laboratory tests before your exam.

Please notify the staff at Community MRI-CT if you are diabetic and take metformin, if you are currently breastfeeding, or could possibly be pregnant.

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