The “What to Expect: CT Scan” video at Cedars-Sinai offers a comprehensive guide to undergoing a CT scan. While most CT scan private procedures typically don’t require any preparation, exceptions exist for exams of the colon, abdomen, or pelvic area. In these cases, patients are required to drink an oral contrast liquid an hour before the exam and abstain from consuming other liquids for three hours prior.
The speaker emphasizes the importance of adhering to these instructions for the accuracy of the scan results.
During the scan process, patients are escorted to the imaging department, where they are greeted by imaging staff who may inquire about their medical history and any relevant information. Once prepared, patients are positioned on a table, and the machine captures images of the targeted area. It’s noted that some patients may receive a contrast dye injection during the procedure to enhance the visibility of certain tissues or organs.
The duration of a CT scan typically ranges from 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the complexity of the examination and the area being scanned. After the scan is completed, patients can expect to receive their results and potential treatment options from their doctor. This video serves as a valuable resource for patients, providing them with insights into what to expect before, during, and after a CT scan at Cedars-Sinai.