Before having a CT scan

Before havingthe scan,you may be given aspecial dye called a contrast to help improve the quality of the images. This may be swallowed in the form of a drink, passed into your bottom (enema), or injected into a blood vessel.

Tell the radiographer if you feel anxious or claustrophobic about having the scan. They can give you advice to help you feel calm and can arrange for you to have a sedative (medication to help you relax) if necessary.

Before the scan starts, you may be asked to remove your clothing and put on a gown. You'll also be asked to remove anything metal, such asjewellery, as metal interferes with the scanning equipment.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018