How to Prepare for a CT Scan

When your doctor orders a CT scan, it is important to be prepared on the day of the test. If this is your first time getting a CT scan, you may not know what to expect. Here is a guide to help you prepare for the test:

Before the Scan

Depending on the type of scan that is being performed, you may be asked to fast prior to your scan for up to six hours. This is typically only if you are getting a scan with contrast. Contrast can be injected, ingested, or administered as an enema depending on what is being scanned.

What to Wear

The day of your scan, wear loose-fitting clothing with no metal. It also recommended that you not wear any jewelry on the day of the scan, because the radiologist will ask you to remove it before beginning the scan.

Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions

With every type of medical test, it is imperative to follow all of your doctor’s instructions to ensure that the test can be performed as accurately as possible. Failing to comply with doctor’s instructions can skew your scan results, and you will have to have the scan redone.

When you need a low dose CT scan, book your appointment at North Dover Radiology. We offer advanced medical imaging in Toms River, NJ, and the surrounding areas.