CT scanners utilize radiation to produce cross-section images of many different parts of the body. Some CT scans require a special dye called contrast. Contrast can be administered in an oral form or through an IV and the type you receive will depend on the test your doctor has prescribed. If you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast please notify the scheduler when making your appointment.
If your scan requires IV contrast you will be asked to fill out a screening sheet prior to your exam. If you would like to fill out your screening sheet prior to your appointment please click the link to view and print your screening form. Please bring a list of all medications with you to your appointment.
Prepare for Your CT Scan
Prior to your exam a registered technologist will review your physician’s order and screening forms. The technologist will ask you for a brief medical history pertaining to your exam. Depending on the part of your body being scanned you may be asked to change into scrub pants or a gown and you may also be asked to remove jewelry and eye glasses. You will be provided a secure area for your personal items prior to your scan. Please leave valuables at home the day of your appointment.
For the CT scan, you will lie on your back. The exam table will move through the doughnut-shaped scanner one or more times during your exam.
For exams that require contrast, you will be given instructions to take home with you. Your body will naturally excrete the contrast and you will be asked to drink plenty of fluids after your exam.
A radiologist will review all of your images after your scan is complete. The radiologist’s interpretation of the exam will be sent to your physician in a report. Once your physician receives the report he or she will contact you to discuss your results.
Centegra’s Medical Imaging team wants you to feel comfortable before, during and after your test. If you have questions prior to your exam, please contact our scheduling department 815-334-5566. If a scheduler is unable to answer your question he or she will have a CT technologist contact you.