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What to expect during an abdomen and pelvis low-dose CT scan What to expect

Memorial Health Care System is dedicated

to the health and safety of our patients

low dose CT scanning is just one more

example a traditional computerized

tomography or CT scan combines a series

of x-ray images taken from different

angles around your body and uses

computer processing to create

cross-sectional anatomical images of the

bones blood vessels and soft tissues CT

scan images provide more detailed

information than plain x-rays all our

low-dose CT scans use less radiation

than standard CT scans and provide the

same high quality images for an

abdominal CT you may be required to take

oral contrast material oral contrast

material is used to better visualize

abdominal structures such as your

stomach and intestines

another form of contrast material that

may be used is given through a vein IV

contrast material helps to better

visualize abdominal structures such as

your gallbladder liver spleen and blood

vessels before your arrival please

remove metal objects which might

interfere with image results refrain

from eating or drinking for a few hours

before your scan tell your doctor if you

have any allergies or if you suspect you

may be pregnant if you're diabetic you

should eat a light breakfast or lunch

three hours prior to the scheduled scan

make sure you bring a copy of your

prescription your insurance information

and a picture ID

at Memorial Health Care System

we value your time and we make every

effort to ensure that your appointment

is timely and easy to schedule you can

provide us with your medical information

before you arrive by using memorials

mychart portal you can also provide this

information when you arrive to one of

our imaging centers once you're checked

in you'll be taken to the imaging

department where a CT technologist will

prepare you for your scan the

technologist will then discuss with you

the details of oral and/or IV contrast

administration if necessary for your

exam CT scanners are shaped like a large

doughnut which allows doctors to see

inside your body in detail you lie down

on a motorized table that gently slides

through while your images are being

acquired for your safety and comfort

straps and pillows may be used to help

you stay in position for your scan as

the scanner begins to rotate around you

low-dose x-rays will pass through your

body for short amounts of time each

rotation produces several images of thin

slices of your body you will hear

buzzing and whirling noises the low-dose

x-rays absorbed by the body's tissues

will be detected by the scanner and

transmitted to the computer the computer

will transform the information into an

image to be interpreted by the

radiologist you must remain very still

during the procedure you may be asked to

hold your breath at various times if the

IV contrast is used

you may feel a warm sensation throughout

your body you might also experience a

temporary metallic taste which

dissipates very quickly you will feel no

pain and little to no discomfort the

entire appointment will take up to 30

minutes once the images are complete the

procedure is over you can get dressed

and resume your normal day if you use

the oral contrast you will be asked to

drink plenty of water and fluids to

avoid any stomach discomfort oral

contrast can cause your stool to come

out white or grey as it's being

eliminated by your body this is

completely normal

after your procedure your images will be

analyzed by a radiologist who

specializes in low-dose CT scans of the

body the test results will be made

available to you through your designated

healthcare provider or doctor within two

to three days all images will be stored

and available at any Memorial Health

Care System Imaging Center patients will

also have access to their report using

memorials mychart portal when you're

ready to schedule your low-dose CT scan

and you have your physician's

prescription simply call Memorial

centralized scheduling an appointment

can be made at your choice of Imaging

Center locations your doctor can also

schedule your procedure often the same

day at Memorial Health Care System we

only provide low-dose CT scans and

eliminate unnecessary use of contrast

materials all memorial imaging centers

include a team of fellowship trained

board-certified sub specialized

radiologists at Memorial Health Care

System

we offer price transparency because we

believe the cost of health care should

be available before a patient makes a

choice