How should I prepare for a CT Scan?

  • Check in at least 15 minutes prior to your examination time.
  • Plan for at least 30 minutes to complete your Ct examination.
  • You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your exam.
  • Leave home all metal objects or be sure they are removed prior to the examination – jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures and hairpins. 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. (see X-Ray safety for information on Contrast use)
  • Inform your doctor of any recent illnesses or other medical conditions, and if you have a history of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease or thyroid problems.
  • Women should always inform their physician and the CT technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Exposing a developing foetus to radiation is avoided whenever possible.
  • If you are unsure about the instructions provided at the time your examination was scheduled, contact the clinic at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Failure to adequately prepare may result in delay or rescheduling your examination.