CT Scan (CAT Scan, Computerized Axial Tomography)

Question:

Please describe your experience with a CT scan. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: La Mom, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

All was well with the CT scan until the power injector began to pump contrast. It felt as though my arm was about to explode or was being blown off my body. Intense pain occurred in the entire arm and especially in the shoulder. The emergency room (ER) doctor examined my arm later and told me to use warm compresses.

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: Nerak, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

My throat is burning after my CT scan for a few days now. I don’t know how to get rid of it.

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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