CT Scan of the Head

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

PREP: Without intravenous contrast - no prep. With intravenous contrast - You should not eat for 4 hours before the exam. You may drink clear liquids up to 2 hours before the exam.

PURPOSE: A CT Scan is done to study the skull, brain, sinuses, and facial bones for signs of injuries, tumors, or other disease.

WHAT TO EXPECT: You will be positioned on a special movable table, called a couch, with your head 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: 10-15 minutes

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

RARE COMPLICATIONS: May include hives and/or difficulty breathing.

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