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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I had a cat scan on Monday--I am now have been asked to take a 'contrast' cat scan after blood work.

I did make a mistake by googling 'contrast cat scan' and reading the comments!!! Has anyone had an experience with this (I think I did many years ago before the heart problem) and what was your experiience?

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    Thanks Iced!!
    1545 days ago
    As a veteran of many, many scans over the past few years, I can tell you what I've found.

    They can use two different types of contrast, depending on what they're looking for.

    The first is something that you drink. One version is about 1 to 2 litres worth over a period of 2 hours prior to the scan, and it tastes like slightly odd water. Another version is closer to a barium swallow, and is a thick, chalky mixture but you only have to drink about 500mL of it (depending on your size). The version chosen is just whatever is standard for that facility, and both are used to light up what is inside your GI tract. If they will be using this, they'll tell you to fast for approx. 6 hours prior (some places ask for 12), and to arrive early enough to drink the contrast. I understand that some facilities allow you to pick up the contrast the night before so that you can drink it on your way there instead of sitting around their waiting room. Most folks will have some tummy upset a few hours later (you might want to be close to a bathroom), and they strongly recommend drinking a lot of water after to flush it out as quickly as possible.

    The second contrast is injected via an IV. They need to push it at high volume, so they use a fairly large needle for it. They generally do an original scan without this contrast, push the contrast and do a next scan. It's not uncommon to feel areas of warmth while they are pushing it (back of mouth and groin being the most common - even though it might feel like it, you really aren't peeing yourself!)

    Really, nothing to get your knickers in a spin about.

    Hope this helps, and that you get nothing but good news from the scan!
    1545 days ago
    Jim it is done with iodine and highlights whatever they are looking for (and I don't want to know what they are looking for!!!)
    Thanks Becky and Healthy
    1545 days ago
    Barb it is a fancy X-ray!!!
    1545 days ago
    My dad had one without any problems. Good luck to you -- I'm sure you will do fine. Gotta be careful about what you read on the internet when it comes to medical-related stuff. (Only the scary things seem to get posted over and over again on the internet.)
    1545 days ago
    My husband had one. He had no problems. Good luck with everything.
    1545 days ago
    A what? emoticon
    1546 days ago
    Never heard of contrast cat scan, Martin. Sorry.
    1546 days ago
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