Computerised tomography (CT or CAT scan) is an imaging procedure that uses special x-ray equipment to create detailed images of areas inside the body which enables physicians to diagnose and treat medical conditions. The scan times can be anything from 5 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the type of scan.
The examination usually involves having intravenous (IV) contrast as well as oral and/or rectal contrast. There is a risk of an allergic reaction to the contrast media which contains iodine. If a patient is allergic to iodine, the appropriate cortisone and antihistamine preparations must be followed.
It is important that you notify our staff of any allergies to iodine or shellfish.