CT Scan

(201) 392-3518

Monday-Friday
24 Hours

A computed tomography (CT) scan is an imaging method that uses x-rays to create pictures of cross-sections of the body. You may be asked to complete related CT scan tests such as an abdominal and pelvic CT scan, cranial or head CT scan, cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine CT scan, orbit CT scan and chest CT scan.

(201) 392-3518

Monday-Friday
24 Hours

Prep Instructions:
Be sure to pick up RediCat2 and drink 1 bottle 9 pm the night before the exam. A 2nd bottle will be drunk 1 hour prior to the exam.

Scheduled Times:
Exams must be scheduled during the day, before 1 pm. If the appointment is in the morning, you must be NPO (fasting) from midnight. If the exam is for the afternoon, you may eat very light meals and NPO for 3 hours before the exam.

Arrival Time:
You are expected to be in the Radiology Department/Outpatient Registration a minimum of 30 minutes before your exam.

When Blood Work Is Needed:
Blood work is needed for all patients over 60 years old. In addition, please let us know if you are a diabetic, hypertensive or have kidney problems. If you have diabetes, hypertension or have kidney problems, you must have blood work done prior to the exam, particularly a BUN, Creatinine, and GFR. (The technologists need this information to determine if you can have the contrast. If the levels are out of normal range, the kidneys may not filter the contrast.) If you have had blood work within the previous 14 days, you do not need a new test. Just call the doctor for a copy of the results. If not, you will need a prescription for the blood work, and you will either have to come in the day before or the morning of your test. The exam will not be performed without the results.

If You Have Allergies:
Please let us know if you have any allergies. Allergies to iodine are especially important to know. If you have a history of allergies, 50mg Prednisone PO 12 hours, 6 hours and 1 hour prior to CT will be prescribed.

If  You Are On Dialysis:
If you are on hemodialysis, you must have your dialysis within 24 hours after your IV contrast administration. This will allow the contrast to be flushed out of your system through dialysis.

If The Clinical Reason Is Appendicitis:
If you have appendicitis, you may be waiting approximately 2 hours for the actual scan once you ingest the contrast media.

If You Are From A Nursing Home:
You must be accompanied by an aide or with a family member for the duration of your stay in the Radiology Department.

If The Patient Is A Pediatric Patient:
We will confirm the type of contrast to be used with the pediatrician. If the doctor specifies an I.V., his office will let you know. If you are the parent(s) or guardian(s) confirming the appointment, please take the time to explain this to your child. All children need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Scheduled Times:
Non-contrast exams may be scheduled anytime.

Arrival Time:
You are expected to be in the Radiology Department/Outpatient Registration a minimum of 30 minutes before your exam.

If You Are From A Nursing Home:
The patient must be accompanied by an aide with a family member for the duration of your stay in the Radiology Department.

If The Patient Is A Pediatric Patient:
The patient must be accompanied by a parent/guardian for the duration of their stay in the Radiology department.

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