Contrast Enhanced CT/Abdomen and Pelvis
- Nothing to eat four hours prior to exam. You may continue to drink, clear liquids.
- You may be instructed to drink oral contrast prior to exam, if so please come in an hour early to begin drinking the contrast.
- You may take daily medications as directed. Please bring a list of your medications.
- If you are a diabetic and taking a Metformin product, you will need to contact your physician after IV contrast, for special instructions.
- Nothing to eat or drink 4 hours prior to the exam. Once the patient arrives, they will be given Volumen contrast to drink at various intervals.
- You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your exam. You may be given a gown to wear during the procedure.
- Metal objects including jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures and hairpins may affect the CT images and should be left at home or removed prior to your exam. You may also be asked to remove hearing aids and removable dental work.
- You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for several hours beforehand, especially if a contrast material will be used in your exam. You should inform your physician of any medications you are taking and if you have any allergies. If you have a known allergy to contrast material, or "dye," your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction.
- Women should always inform their physician and the CT technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. See the Safety page for more information about pregnancy and x-rays.
- If you are breastfeeding at the time of the exam, you should ask your radiologist how to proceed. It may help to pump breast milk ahead of time and keep it on hand for use after contrast material has cleared from your body, about 24 hours after the test.