Chest/Abdomen/Pelvis including Appendix
How Should I Prepare?
One of our representatives will call to confirm your appointment, go over some health questions and will also remind you of your exam preparation requirements:
- CT of the Chest - Have no food or drink by mouth (NPO) 2 hours prior to this procedure.
- CT of the Abdomen/Pelvis, CT of the Pelvis, CT of the Appendix Only *
- Nothing to eat or drink (including water) 6 hours before time of exam
- Begin drinking the first bottle of Barium 4 hours before time of exam. Continue drinking 1 bottle on the hour every hour leading up to exam time
- Arrive at Radiology Associates 30 minutes prior to time of exam
*Prior to these exams, please pick up 3 bottles of barium contrast at Radiology Associates (1600 Phillips Road).
**Under certain circumstances, a barium enema may be administered in addition to the oral contrast. For these circumstances, you will only need to arrive 1 hour prior to exam time and drink 1 bottle of barium contrast at that time. Please be sure to ask your doctor or a Radiology Associates representative about the specific preparation needs for your exam.
Please notify our staff with any special needs.
What to Expect During the Procedure
One of our nationally certified Computed Tomography (CT) technologists will escort you to the table and ask you to lie down on your back or front. If contrast material is used, it will be swallowed, injected through an intravenous line (IV), or administered by enema, depending on the type of examination. Our CT procedures usually take between 10 - 30 minutes.
What to Expect After the Procedure
If you received IV contrast then we suggest plenty of clear liquids for the next 24 hours. It is not required. For patients who were administered barium, this contrast does not react with your body. It is an inert substance that passes harmlessly through the gastrointestinal tract. Occasionally the barium may cause constipation. This discomfort can be prevented or alleviated by drinking plenty of fluids for the next 24 hours. Reports will be sent to your physician within 5 business days. Contact your physician for any information pertaining to the findings.