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CT Scan (CAT Scan, Computerized Axial Tomography)

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Comment from: ABDpatient, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I had a bowel CT scan. I was scared of allergic reaction. It is a machine like MRI but just one very open hoop. Cannula was placed, needle in the elbow, and then tube put inside vein, but I didn't watch. Only normal blood draw pain. Lots of blood somehow ended up pooling all over the chair. I started to feel like I was about to puke. Vasovagal response perhaps. Procedure sounded running water to test the line, loud alarming noise and fast pumping, but I felt nothing. Contrast in, felt nothing. Then heartburn feel in my throat, and warmth in vagina, and warm and tingly hands. I was told to breathe in. Easy.

Comment from: sch123, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I had an exceptionally painful experience being stuck today during a CT contrast. Then when the dye started going through my vein it hurt all over again like I was being stuck all over again. I don’t know how this happened!

Comment from: WRITERC , 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 26

A friend of mine that I help care for had a CT scan of her brain done a couple of years ago. I always thought that a brain CT meant the patient’s full head would be placed inside the tube, however; the hospital placed her head just outside the cylinder and hit the button. I’ve questioned the accuracy of the test ever since, especially since I know she had a crown in her dental work which did not appear on her CT. I would like to know if this can this be explained. Maybe I’m just misunderstanding how the CT was done.

Comment from: Concerned, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I am having pain off and on throughout the day in my left side from waistline to lower abdomen. I had CT scan on Friday. The doctor’s office called today and said scan was normal. They didn't say anything about follow up but I am still in pain. As for the actual scan the barium was less than tasty, the IV hurt a bit, but the staff was excellent. Very kind and informative.

Comment from: hg, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

When I had my CT scan for my abdomen I had an anaphylactic attack and got the attention of the radiologist. I had welts, my nose was stuffed and I started to have a cough and had to have a cortisone injection. I never have been so scared in my whole life. So when I had to have an MRI for the brain and they asked me to have a contrast I was so scared that I refused to and I was already under MRI for 1 1/2 hours as they were also doing the spine. I asked them if there could be another attack and they said unlikely but I have read that you could have an anaphylaxis attack even for MRI IV. I know one is iodine and the other is water base but after the CT it just scared the heck out of me. I asked if I could be given an injection or antihistamine before the procedure and they said no. I have asthma and really bad allergies, so that should have been an indicator in itself.

Comment from: lizard, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I recently had a CAT scan of my abdomen and I was told I was going to have an ultra sound scan of my lymph nodes because there could be a problem with them. When I went for the ultra sound they scanned the lymph nodes in my neck and not my abdomen which had been CAT scanned.

Comment from: Pat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

About a month ago started having terrible lower back pain, ribs hurt, and I had stomach burns and sharp pains in groin. Lying down the pain worsened, and I had trouble getting up. Blood work showed nothing so FNP (family nurse practitioner) requested CT scan, nothing was found.

Comment from: sheree, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

I recently had a CAT SCAN done and it was on my brain since I have ALS.

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