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Preparation/instructions

    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.

    Keep in 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.

Instructions

    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 technician.

    You will be asked by one of our doctors about some information regarding your medical history. This information helps to structure your exam.

    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 procedure

    Children under 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 test performed.

    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 Care

    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 through Thursday.

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