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Computed Tomography Scan
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A computed tomography (CT) scan uses x-rays to take pictures of your blood vessels, tissues, bones, or organs. It is also called a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan.
Drink liquids as directed:
Liquids will help flush the contrast dye out of your body. Ask how much liquid to drink after your CT scan, and which liquids to drink.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
You have any signs of an allergic reaction to the contrast dye, such as:
- Trouble breathing
- Dizziness or fainting
- Swelling of your mouth or face
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sudden decrease in urination
- A rash, itching, or swollen skin
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.