64 Multislice CT Scan

If there is a chance the parent (mother) is pregnant, we ask her not to attend in the CT exam room, even when wearing a lead apron. If there the patient is pregnant, she should inform us before the exam, so that the radiol­ogist can contact her doctor, and ask about the possibility of performing the examination

  • You (or your child) will have to be able to lie still for 5-10 minutes.
  • If your child cannot lie still for this amount of time, sedation may be needed. A child who needs sedation cannot have solid foods, formula or milk for six hours before the appointment.
  • Contrast material is requested in several CT exams. If you (or your child) need contrast material, do not eat or drink for 3-4 hours before your appointment.
  • If sedation or contrast is needed, a nurse, doctor or technologist will go over the details with you.

Coronary CT examination preparation

  • Fasting 4 hours prior to exam
  • Continue Beta Blockers treatment and add one Tenormin tab 1 hour prior to exam
  • Stop any caffeine 24 hours prior to examinations
  • Stop Viagra medications or Viagra like medications for 1 week prior to exam
  • Blood pressure should be checked
  • Bring with you all prior related examinations performed

CT guided Biopsy

  • Bleeding profile: bleeding time, clotting time, prothrombin time, PTT
  • Bring X-ray films, C.T. and MRI films done to the patient, if any
  • Complete fasting 6 hours prior to the exam
  • Blood pressure should be checked

Although you cannot explain the exam to your baby, you can help your baby feel more secure during the test by bringing a special blanket, toy or pacifier. Please bring along a bottle of juice or formula to feed your baby when the test is done.

Toddlers and preschool-age children:
Young children remember things for only a short time, so the best time to talk about the test is right before you are ready to come to the hospital. Tell your child that you are going to the hospital to have some "pictures" taken that the doctor needs to help him/her. Try to use simple words

School-age children:
School-age chil­dren have a strong imagination. If you don't tell them the truth about what is going to happen during the test, they might imagine something much worse than the actual test.
The day of the test, tell your child that he will be going to the hospital to have some pictures taken of the inside of his body. Tell him the pictures will help the doctor decide how to make him better. Use simple words. Be honest. Try to tell your child exactly what will happen. If your child's examination is going to hurt a little, be sure to tell him it's okay to cry. When you come to the center, bring along a favorite book or game. If you wish, you may also bring along a snack for after the test.

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