Health Tip: Preparing for a CT Scan

(HealthDay News) -- A CT scan provides X-ray-like images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels. The scans are used to help diagnose conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, internal injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.

Here are suggestions on what to do before a CT scan, courtesy of the Radiological Society of North America:

  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing -- although you may be required to change into a gown.
  • Do not wear any jewelry or metal accessories, including hairpins or non-essential eyeglasses.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions on whether you can consume food or water in the hours before the procedure.
  • Tell your doctor about any health conditions, medications, or allergies -- such as past reactions to the contrast materials sometimes used in CT scans. Also let the doctor know if there's a possibility that you are pregnant.

-- Diana Kohnle

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