What can I expect?
A CT scan is very quick, usually only a few minutes, and painless. CT scanners are shaped like a donut on its side and are not closed-in like an MRI. Patients lay down on a table and are moved into the machine by a technologist. You may require an injection of contrast medium that will help make the images easier to read. The tech will be able to hear and see you the whole time, and you will be able to talk with them at any time. You may be asked to hold your breath for very brief periods during the exam. After the scan, you can resume normal activities, though you may be instructed to drink lots of water to help flush the contrast medium from the body.