A ct scan refers to a scan done using low grade radiation, to provide a high contrast clear and detailed image of the patient’s organs and tissues. Ct scans are basically of two types. One that uses contrast and one that does not. If you are wondering how to prepare for a CT scan, then it depends on the type you are going for. Although there are some fundamental preparatory steps for a ct scan that remain the same, despite the type, there are also various steps that vary from type to type. This article discusses some things you must remember before your ct scan.
What are some things you should do before going in for a ct scan?
If you are supposed to undergo a ct scan without contrast, then it is extremely important that you completely forget food for atleast 4 hours before the test and water for 2 hours before the test. Doctors strictly advise their patients to not consume any solids before the exam. It is also very important for women who are pregnant or might even think that they have a chance they could be pregnant during the time of test, that they disclose it to the technician conducting the test. Make sure that you wear comfortable loose fitted clothes that are not figure hugging. It is extremely important that during the test, you remain comfortable. Above all make sure you are comfortable with the technician performing your test. It is very important that you understand the procedure and what you are about go through along with the risks and precautions. That is only possible when you feel comfortable enough with your technician to ask them questions and for them to understand your needs and concerns.
A ct scan is part of a standard medical procedure and when performed correctly, it does not have any major threat or risk to it. However, if performed incorrectly or without maintaining proper precautions, then there is a very high chance that the patient suffers greatly due to radiation and exposure to it. It is always advised that one consult a doctor and an expert before opting for any such test Or scan.