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Full Body CT & CTA Scan – CDI Miami

CT & CTA Scan

A computerized tomography scan, or CT scan, is a type of X-ray that uses a computer to make cross-sectional images of your body.

CTA (the A is short for angiography) is a type of medical exam that combines a CT scan with an injection of a special dye called contrast material to produce pictures of blood vessels and tissues in a part of your body. The contrast is injected through an intravenous (IV) line started in your arm or hand.

How do I prepare for the exam?
No preparation is required for all CT scans without contrast (excluding abdomen or pelvic CT):
– The patient must continue with their regular medication regimen, if any.
– Patients should fax or bring blood work results for Bun and Creatine (your physicians should give you the prescription for the blood work).
 
Patients should not drink or eat 3 hours before the a CT with contrast or a CTA
 
For Abdomen or Pelvic CT scans:
– Patients need to drink oral contrast the night before the test, or at least six hours prior to the test.
– Do not eat or drink anything after oral contrast is taken. The patient can pass by our office to pick up the oral contrast solution.
***Check with your physician about any medication you may be taking.

What should I expect during the exam?
CT and CTA scans are painless procedures. The patient will have to lie on the open scanning table and follow instructions from the technologist.
For all CT and CTA scans:
– The patient will have to remove any jewelry or clothing with metal parts, such as hair clips, under wire bras, zippers and buttons.

The length of a Full Body CT scan depends mainly on which parts of the body are being scanned and on the use of contrast medications.

What should I expect after the exam?
All of our diagnostic examinations are interpreted by Board-Certified Radiologists. The results of your CT or CTA scan will be sent to your referring physician as soon as they are interpreted. It is the patients´ responsibility to contact their referring physician to discuss the results of their examination and ask for further recommendations.