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CT Scan Preparation


CT scans at Detroit Medical Center are usually available within 72 hours of request, with proper referral and insurance approvals. To schedule your CT Scan, call 888-DMC-2500.

 

Important: The preparations listed on these pages DO NOT APPLY TO CHILDREN.

You should ALWAYS check with your doctor before stopping any of your medications.

Abdomen/Pelvis

Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to your appointment.

For DMC Harper University Hospital: This exam will take 2 hours, as you will be asked to drink contrast upon your arrival.

Do not schedule any upper or lower GI examinations for 1 week prior to this examination.

 
Abdomen/Pelvis Known
AAA

Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to your appointment.


Abdomen/Pelvis Stone Protocol

Prep: None

 
CCTA

Prep: No caffeine for 24 hrs before the test. Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours before your appointment,  except water. If you are taking medication for erectile dysfunction (Viagra, Levitra, Cialis) you must stop taking this for 24 hours before and after your examination.

Notes: You will need to arrive one hour early for monitoring, possible beta-blockers and for lab work.

Patients w/ pacemakers or defibrillators cannot have this scan.

 
CT Run Off

Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to your appointment.

 
CTA Abdomen/Pelvis

Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to your appointment.

 

CTA Chest (Thorax)

Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to your appointment.

 

CTA Head
Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to your appointment.

 

CTA Neck
Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to your appointment.

 

Enterography

Prep: Have a light evening meal day the day before your exam. Nothing to eat after midnight the night before your exam.  You may drink water only.

Notes: Length of test is 2 hours.

 

Extremity With Contrast

Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to your appointment.

 

Extremity Without Contrast

No Prep.

 

Head, Brain, Head/Brain With Contrast

Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to your appointment.

 

Head, Brain, Head/Brain Without Contrast

No Prep.

 

Maxillofacial

Prep: None

 

Neck With Contrast

Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to your appointment.

 

Neck Without Contrast

No Prep.

 

Orbits With Contrast

Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to your appointment.  

 

Orbits Without Contrast

No Prep.

 

Paranasal Sinuses With Contrast

Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to your appointment.

 

Paranasal Sinuses Without Contrast

No Prep.

 

Spine (C, T, L-Spine)

Prep: None

Notes: For Lumbar Spine Only: Do not schedule any upper or lower GI examinations for 1 week prior to this examination.

 

Temporal Bones/Mastoids

Prep: None

 

Thorax/Chest

Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to your appointment.

 

TMJ

Prep: None

 

Urogram

Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to your appointment.

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