CT with Contrast
A CT test that is ordered with oral contrast, intravenous contrast or both, to enhance or highlight tissue which will provide more information.
Types of contrast:
Oral contrast: Most patients having abdominal or pelvic scans will be asked to drink contrast medium prior to scanning. This coats the stomach and intestines to highlight them during the scan.
IV contrast: Depending on your symptoms and the area of the body being scanned, the blood vessels may need to be more clearly identified. If so, a small needle will be inserted into your arm with iodine contrast, much like a blood draw.
CT with contrast might require you to avoid eating for a few hours prior to the scan.
Remove all jewelry and hairpins
Wear comfortable clothing
Bring signed doctor's order, insurance co-payment and photo identification.
Bring all prior scans or images.
Contact customer service for any requirements for your particular CT scan: 301-441-9696
How Long is the Exam?:
Most CT's take about 10-20 minutes
After the Exam:
You should experience no discomfort and return to daily activities unless otherwise instructed.
You can request films prior to the exam so you can leave with them. The results will be sent to your referring physician, who will contact you.
CT with contrast is covered by most insurance companies. Please contact our customer service department for specific information: 301-441-9696
Please notify us if you are allergic to iodine.