(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.
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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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