Step 1: We will call you prior to your appointment to discuss specific preparation instructions and your past imaging exams. Be sure to tell us if you are nursing or if there is a chance you are pregnant. From start to finish, the entire exam will take less than 30 minutes.
Step 2: On the day of your exam, no caffeine or stimulants (including decaf coffee, energy drinks or chocolate) for 48 hours and no smoking 24 hours before your appointment. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and bring prior imaging results with you, if instructed.
Step 3: Our CT technologist will help you onto the scanner table. Depending on which center you go to for your exam, you may have electrodes attached to your chest to monitor your heart rhythm. Not all EPIC Imaging locations require electrodes for their scanners.
Step 4: The technologist will go out of the room to run the scanner from a computer located directly next to the scanner suite, visible through the viewing window. At this time, the CT table you are on will move into the scanner and the technologist will take the images. You will be asked to hold your breath for a couple of seconds and CT pictures will be taken of your heart. The actual time you are in the scanner will be around 15 minutes. The actual scan time will be around 2-3 breath holds.