CT Scan

Out-Patient Prep for Abdomen and/or Pelvis CT

Oral Contrast Instructions
  1. NPO (nothing to eat or drink) after midnight. May take medications with small amount of water.
  2. Arrive one hour prior to your CT appointment time.  You will be given 1 ounce of oral contrast to drink.  You will also be given your choice of soda or juice (16 oz.) to drink after the contrast.

If you are scheduled for these exams after lunch time, do not eat or drink anything after 7:00 a.m. on day of exam. Drink bottle of contrast one hour prior to exam, slowly over course of one hour.

Contrast Guidelines

For any CT Scans, IVP’s, Special Procedures that involve intravenous contrast:

We must have a recent Creatinine (within 30 days) on patients over age 50, diabetic patients, and patients with known renal problems. If you have not had this labwork prior to your appointment it can often be drawn in the imaging department.

Patients who are taking the drug Glucophage (Metformin) should discontinue use of this medication forty-eight hours after their contrast study. The ordering physician may want to give them another medicine to take in the place of this.