Computed tomography // Frequently asked questions
1. | Do I need any sort of preparation before a scan?
Many CT scans do not require any kind of preparation. Depending on the area to explore and if contrast (oral or endovenous) is required, some kind of preparation might be needed, which will be indicated by our frontdesk at the time of making an appointment
2. | To which body regions is it useful?
Practically for all structures. Although its current indications are for: nervous system, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and skeletal system.
3. | How long does the scan takes?
Studies generally take approximately 20 minutes, depending on the regions to be scanned and the use of endovenous contrast.
4. | Does it has any contraindications?
The only contraindication is pregnancy. There are contraindications to the use of contrast detailed in the questionnaire delivered to the patient before the exam. The metallic elements, remains of barium contrast, may complicate the achievement of good images. The weight of the patient can be a limitation for the studies, as the CT scanners tend not to work properly in patients exceeding 120-130 kilograms in body weight.