Patient Comments: CT Scan - Experience


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Comment from: Maria , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I had abdomen and pelvic CT scan today. I was given 3 pouches to add in 200 ml of water each and finish them in 45 minutes. By the way, it tasted real nasty. I had intravenous iodine injection which made my body warm inside for 30 seconds and then I was under CT scan machine. I had to hold my breath twice. And that was it! Now home, drank 4 glasses of water, had bread and avocado. Couple of loose motions but what’s killing me is this bloating. Hope it goes away soon, else I will have to take charcoal tablets for flatulence.

Comment from: Jan, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I had a CT today. I had to drink something that was similar to a smoothie and I’ve had diarrhea for a few hours. It cleaned me completely out.

Comment from: Charlie, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 03

I have been diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s. I’ve been accepted onto a special trial of a new drug (this is my 2nd trial). I have regular CT scans; it’s very noisy but ear defenders are used. I always fall asleep during the scan.

Comment from: Mani, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

CT scan was a good experience, nothing to worry. Firstly they give some liquid to drink, nearly 4 glasses of liquid. After that they ask us to lie in a bed and there is a machine like donut in which we have to enter for scan. In between they inject some liquid which directly feels like a false smell in the mouth and then they inject something which makes our body warm, and it feels like we have an urge to urinate. But all these feelings goes away in a minute and that’s all.

Comment from: JC, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 14

I had a pelvis CT scan today. I threw up right after the scan. Stomach was bloated all day and I had diarrhea after I drank the fluid they prescribed. Diarrhea stopped after a few hours. But the bloating lasted all day. Other than that, no pain or headache or dizziness.

Comment from: Firetech1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I had diarrhea all night long after CT scan with contrast.

Comment from: Tscal, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I had a CT scan today 10/17/16 with iodine contrast. I didn't feel anything, no heat and no metallic taste in my mouth. The whole test was over in 10 minutes. I was dizzy afterwards for about 30 minutes and felt out of breath for the day.

Comment from: J. Place, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

CT scan isn't bad. You lie on a skinny table, and lay your hands above your head. The machine looks like a big donut. The skinny bed moves to where they take the pictures. It will tell you to hold your breath, and let it out. If they use contrast, they will put it in your IV, and it just feels warm, as it moves through the body. It will make you feel, like you have to urinate, for a second, but that's it! It is not enclosed, or anything.

Comment from: MJ, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I had a CAT scan with contrast and barium on February 11th, 2016. When it was over, I was dizzy and then within about 10 minutes I got severe pain on the right side of my face, nose, jaws and ear. The burning and pain lasted for about 15 minutes and I am still dealing with mouth sores and headache off and on. I cannot seem to find what I was injected with so make sure you know exactly what they are injecting you with and the amount. I also have Hashimoto’s thyroid and no one ever asked and no one ever asked me if I had it or not. The burning in my neck on that area is still existent and it's been 13 days. I have never had a reaction before and this is been very concerning to me.

Comment from: Deb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I had a CT scan today. I drank a big glass of a milkshake like substance that was not bad. I waited 30 minutes and then drank another. I had an IV inserted in my arm. Everything was explained to me as it was done. You will feel like you are going to the bathroom but it's the medicines in the IV. Not a bad experience at all.

Comment from: Mae, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I have had about five CT scans now since April of 2013. One for diagnosis, one for biopsy, and the others to check progress of my tumors. One cannot eat for four hours beforehand and can have clear liquid up to two hours before. Once you arrive at the hospital, you drink barium (chocolate or berry flavored are my preferred kinds) and wait approximately an hour. When you are called back to the dressing room (wear loose clothing, no metal) I receive a needle and device for dye, sorry, I don"t know what it"s called, in my arm, drink another container of barium and get the CT scan done. You lay on a table that goes in and out of the doughnut (CT) machine, hold your breath and exhale as the machine tells you. After they take a couple of scans, the technician puts the dye in your arm. You may feel flushed and you"ll feel like you are peeing in your pants. You"re not. A couple of more inserts into the machine and you"re done. Drink lots of water afterwards and eat. I usually get diarrhea about two to three hours after the CT scan which gets rid of all the barium. I can usually taste the flavoring for a day or two but that"s all.


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Comment from: arkie, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 22

I had a CT scan on my head about four years ago because of problems with vision in my left eye. I ended up seeing a retina specialist for central serous retinopathy. I'm having an abdominal CT scan tomorrow morning due to chronic stomach pain for over 3 years. I had an appointment with a new gastrointestinal doctor last week. I'm finally getting something done. I have to drink some barium contrast tonight and again in the morning. I have no idea if I'm going to get the iodine stuff via IV or not. There has been no mention of it thus far. I'll post an update in a couple of days.

Comment from: missdiamond, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I just had a CT scan with contrast. It was the worst experience. I had a headache prior and had to drink 3 cups of this gross drink and then get an IV with iodine. I had the weirdest taste in my mouth, and I felt like I had to use the bathroom. After I came home, I was sick all day with nausea and a headache and I couldn't eat. It was not a fun experience for me.