Metal can disrupt the CT scan. So it's important that there are no metal objects present around the parts of the body for which images will be made. If your child has metal screws, clips, drains or pumps with metal parts in his/her body, then please notify the doctor and the laboratory technician.
Use of contrast fluid
Sometimes, the doctor will use contrast fluid to make organs or other parts of the body more visible on the CT scan. The doctor will discuss this with you beforehand. To administer the contrast fluid, your child will be given an IV. Your child will be given an injection in his/her arm or hand; a thin, plastic tube (the IV tube, or "infusion") then remains in the blood vessel. During the exam, the contrast fluid is administered via this infusion. Since the injection is painful, your child can be given a spray or bandage with EMLA salve at the location of the injection. After the insertion of the infusion, your child will be given a brace to keep his or her arm straight. If your child is anxious about the injection and the infusion, then please indicate this to the medical teaching staff. They can help you and your child with this.
When using contrast fluid, your child must have an empty stomach for at least two hours prior to the exam, so he/she may not eat or drink anything.
The scan device makes photos using x-rays. You can't see or feel x-rays with the naked eye, they go through your skin and clothing. During the CT scan, there must be as few people in the room as possible. If your child finds this scary and bothersome, then one parent may remain behind after consultation.
At the end of the process, the doctor and the laboratory employee take a look to see whether the scan was successful. Only then can your child get off the table. If contrast fluid has been administered via the infusion, the laboratory technician takes the infusion out after 10 minutes. After the exam, your child may go home or to the ward right away. After the exam, it's important that he or she gets plenty to drink. This helps the contrast fluid leave the body more rapidly.
The doctor requesting the CT scan will give you and your child the results. This happens during your next appointment in the hospital. The doctor discusses what can be seen on the scan.
There are no side effects to a CT scan; complications rarely occur.
If you have any questions about this exam, please contact the planning office: 088-9727650.
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