Computerized Tomography (CT)

What is a CT exam?

A CT test is an exam that uses x-rays taken in a series of very small slices to produce highly detailed images of your body’s internal organs, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels. Please allow 30 minutes for this test.

How should I prepare for my CT exam?

To prepare for your test, please do the following:

Abdomen and/or Pelvis:

  • Do not eat or drink anything three hours before the test
  • You make take medicines with a small sip of water
  • You may need to drink contrast or receive intravenous (IV) contrast before or during your exam
  • If you need to drink contrast, drink one container one hour prior to your test (The contrast is available for you to pick up at any Genesis facility)

Head:

  • Do not eat or drink anything two hours before the test
  • You may take medicines with a small sip of water
  • You may receive intravenous (IV) contrast during the procedure

Chest and/or Neck:

  • Do not eat or drink anything two hours before the test
  • You may take medicines with a small sip of water
  • You may receive intravenous (IV) contrast during the procedure

What should I expect during my CT exam?

During the exam, you will lie on a padded exam table that will move slowly through the donut-shaped CT machine. It is very important to lie still during the test. If contrast (dye) is required, you will receive an injection into a vein in your arm. This may cause a warm sensation for a brief time. 

Contact Us

To schedule an imaging procedure, please call Central Scheduling:

563-421-3200

For more information about our imaging services, please contact:

563-421-9729

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