When you were referred by your physician for a radiological exam, you
may have been told about certain instructions to be done prior to the
exam, or when you were scheduling your appointment, the scheduler should
have informed you about the preparations that should be done prior to
your exam. If you did not or if you want a recheck, you can refer to the
information listed below.
mind that you may have been given some additional or different
instructions, based on your own particular circumstances. If you have
any questions, please call our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen),
(202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a
radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10
a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.
The examination is usually done without
the need for IV contrast (X-ray dye) administration, so you do not need
to be fasting before your exam.
If you are scheduled to get an exam
"with contrast or X-ray dye" you should not eat or drink anything
for six hours prior to your scheduled exam.
Check with your doctor to see if this
pertains to your exam. If you are diabetic and take insulin, you must
consult with your doctor to adjust your dose. You should not take
insulin if you are fasting for this examination. When making an
appointment for this test, tell the person scheduling the study that you
are diabetic and request an appointment early in the day.
Medications can be taken prior to your
exam. Pills should be taken with only a small amount of water. Bring
with you a list of medications you take.
If you are allergic to any type of food, iodine or X-ray contrast
material (dye) you should notify the responsible radiologist or
You will be asked by one of our doctors about some information
regarding your medical history. This information helps to structure your
If you have any heart, asthma, kidney
problems, sickle cell disease, or if you are or could possibly be
pregnant, please let the technologist know before your exam.
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the age of 18 years need to be accompanied by an adult (parent or
guardian). We strongly advise that CT patients not bring children along
without another responsible supervising adult. We cannot provide
supervision for the children.
The procedure can take between 10-45 minutes depending on the exact
You must remove
earrings, glasses, hearing aids and dentures prior to your exam.
You may need to have an IV line so that IV contrast can be given
just before imaging begins. The contrast may make you feel warm all
through your body. Some patients experience a metallic taste during the
injection. These sensations last until the injection is completed.
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After the exam
you can resume your normal activities. If you received IV contrast you
may want to increase your normal fluid intake to help flush this
material from your system. Unless your doctor objects you should
increase your fluid intake over a 24 hour time period.
Results of your
exams will be discussed with you by your doctor.
Please call our hotline
16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or
(202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist if you have any
questions. It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday
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