CT Scan of the Extremeties

Please report to Admitting 15 minutes before your scheduled exam time.

PREP: No prep is usually needed for this exam. IV contrast is not usually needed. If IV contrast is used, do not eat 4 hours before the exam. You may have clear liquids up to 2 hours before the exam.

PURPOSE: A CT Scan is done to study the bones of the arms and legs to look for injury.

WHAT TO EXPECT: You will be positioned on a special movable table, called a couch, with your arms or legs inside the opening of the CT scanner (usually donut shaped). If intravenous contrast is needed, it is usually injected into a vein in your arm. During the procedure, the couch advances you slowly through the opening in the scanner. You will need to lie very still during the entire test.

TIME FRAME: 10 minutes

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS: If contrast is used, temporary warm flashes, metallic taste and possible nausea.

RARE COMPLICATIONS: Possible hives and difficulty breathing.

IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, INFORM THE TECHNOLOGIST BEFORE THE EXAM.