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  • Computed Tomography CT or CAT Scan of Head

Patient Instructions - Computed Tomography CT or CAT Scan of Head

A CAT scan of the head is an X-ray used to detect abnormalities such as a tumor, bleeding, blood clots or increased pressure in the skull. A CAT scan of the head may also detect problems involving the eyes, middle ear, sinuses or the bones of the skull or face.

Before your procedure

  • Do not eat or drink for one hour.

    Radiation is used for this exam. Please notify your doctor if you are pregnant.

During your procedure

  • You will lie on a table with your head in a cradle to help hold it still.

  • The table will move through the scanner as pictures are taken.

  • A contrast material (X-ray dye) may be injected into your vein during the exam. Notify your doctor if you are allergic to X-ray dye.

  • The exam takes about 10 minutes. 

After your procedure

  • You may resume your regular diet.

  • If X-ray dye is used, drink extra fluids (if you are not on a fluid restriction) to help flush the dye through your system. 

  • After your exam is read by a radiologist, your doctor will receive a report of the findings and will discuss them with you. 

Providing safe, quality patient care is our highest priority. To help ensure quality and safety, we ask that you do not bring young children with you to your appointments, as children are not allowed to accompany you during Imaging procedures. Staff is unable to monitor your child in your absence.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your provider.

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