Prepare for Your Diagnostic CT
Frequently Asked Questions
When you arrive, you will be greeted by our staff who will direct you to complete any necessary paperwork and have you change into a gown, if necessary. One of our friendly technologists will guide you to the examination room and assist you in lying down on a padded, motorized examination table that is attached to a machine with a donut-hole-looking opening.
Once you are positioned and comfortable, the motorized table will slowly move into the donut hole and the images will be taken in sequence. After each image is taken, the table will adjust slightly. You must lie still and may be asked to hold your breath while the images are taken to achieve the best results.
During the scan, the technician will be out of the room and communicate with you through an intercom. If the patient is a child, a parent or adult will be allowed to be in the room, but will be asked to wear a lead apron to prevent unnecessary radiation exposure.
The scan is painless, but some patients experience slight discomfort from staying still for a period of time. A mild sedative is available for patients who need it.
A typical diagnostic CT scan takes 15-30 minutes.
There are no lasting effects from a Diagnostic CT exam. You may move around and drive immediately after your procedure, unless you have taken any anti-anxiety medication.