7301 Medical Center Dr.
West Hills, CA 91307-1904
Phone: (818) 346-4411
Fax: (818) 346-1798
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a CT scan?
A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to produce detailed images of internal body structures.
What is Contrast?
Some CT studies require contrast to obtain good images. Contrast may be given intravenously, orally, or into joints. If necessary, you will be receiving an injection of contrast material. In some cases, you may not eat or drink for 4 hours before the test. Some CT scans require that you drink the contrast material. For some CT scans, you may also need a laxative or an enema before the test.
If you have any concerns, our technologist will discuss them with you. How long will it take? Most CT scans are completed within 5 to 10 minutes.
What are the Risks of a CT Scan?
The risk of a CT scan causing a problem is very small.
Your CT scan will be reviewed by a radiologist. The radiologist will send a report to your physician, who will give you the results of the scan.
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