The department has a state-of-the art Phillips 64 slice CT scanner. These images are sent electronically to the Radiologists via the PACS system. We are currently fundraising for a replacement CT as our unit nears the end of it’s functional lifespan.
How do I prepare for a CT scan?
- Depending on the type of scan that you will be having, you may need to receive an injection of contrast media (dye) prior to the scan. If so, you will be required to fast for three hours prior to the test. A small amount of water may be taken if necessary. The technologist will let you know whether you must fast when they call with the appointment.
Seafood Allergy or previous reaction to contrast media?
- People who have allergies to seafood must notify the technologist. Some patients may require pre-medication or may not be able to have the injectable dye. They can still have the CT scan.
- Patients who have had a previous reaction to contrast media, such as hives or difficulty breathing, must also inform the technologist.
I take Metformin to control diabetes: what are the precautions after the procedure?
- Patients taking Metformin need to take additional precautions after their procedure. It is possible for dye injected during the procedure to affect the function of your kidneys.
Do not take your Metformin for three days starting on the day of the procedure.
- Watch your voiding pattern for three days. If your voiding pattern changes from your normal routine, contact your family physician.
- Monitor your blood glucose level four times a day until it return to normal. It may be higher than your normal because of the procedure and related stress. If your blood glucose reading is >15, seek medical advice immediately.