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You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your abdomen and pelvis CT scan. You may be given a gown to wear during the procedure.
Metal objects, including jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures and hairpins, may affect the CT images and should be left at home or removed prior to your exam. You may also be asked to remove hearing aids and removable dental work.
You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for a few hours beforehand, especially if a contrast material will be used in your exam. You should inform your SMIL radiologist of all medications you are taking and if you have any allergies.
If contrast material is used, it will be swallowed or injected through an intravenous line (IV) depending on the type of examination.
Also inform your doctor of any recent illnesses or other medical conditions and whether you have a history of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease or thyroid problems. Any of these conditions may increase the risk of an unusual adverse effect.
Women should always inform their SMIL radiologist or technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.