Preparing For A CT Scan With Contrast
Your doctor may have ordered a CT scan with contrast to evaluate parts of your body that may not show up as clearly with a regular CT scan – structures in the body such as soft tissue may appear faint in the image. Therefore, a special dye called a contrast material is needed to block the x-rays and allow the tissue or organ to become more visible.
Contrast materials are typically made of barium sulfate or iodine, which you may receive in one or more of the following ways:
- Intravenously – Injected directly into a vein
- Orally- drinking a liquid that contains the contrast material
- Enema- inserted into the rectum
After completing the CT scan with contrast you will need to drink lots of water and fluids to help your kidneys remove the dye from your body.
To learn more about CT scans at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, or to schedule an appointment, please call 718-206-6056.