Following Your CT Scan

Following your exam, you should feel fine and may immediately return to your normal activities unless the technologist or your doctor tells you otherwise.

If you received contrast dye, it is helpful to drink plenty of water to help flush the contrast dye from your body. There is a very small risk of an allergic reaction to the contrast dye. Kidney damage as a result of the contrast dye is rare, but it is more common in patients with diabetes or known kidney problems. Please make sure your technologist and doctor know if you have these or other similar conditions.Call your doctor immediately if any of the following occur:

  • Hives or any other rash
  • Itching
  • Nausea
  • Swollen or itchy eyes
  • Tightness in the throat
  • Trouble breathing

Although rare, these signs and symptoms may indicate a delayed allergic reaction that requires treatment with medication.

It is essential for you to monitor your condition after you leave the center. In this way, you can alert your doctor to any problems right away.

Your referring doctor will contact you once the results of your CT exam are available and ready for review. Your physician should have your results within four business days.