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What Happens After The CT Scan?

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21/03/2012 - 14:10

When the scan is complete, the couch glides out of the scanner. If the patient changed into a hospital gown before the exam, he/she will be permitted to get dressed. However, the radiologist usually asks the patient to wait while the images are reviewed, in case more images are necessary.

After the CT images are reviewed, the patient is free to go. Generally, normal activities can be resumed at once. In some cases, when a contrast agent has been used, the doctor may provide specific after-care instructions.

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

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