CT scan with something to drink?

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camjames
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   Posted 6/27/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all. I just wondering what exactly the doctor ordered for me. I kinda talked him outa doing a small bowel follow thru with the barium and all. I told him thats the worst test for me personally. so he said i could do a ct scan instead, but I'd still have to drink something...but it would be a lesser quantity. So i agreed. Not sure if i ever had a CT scan like this before? Anyone know what im gunna be drinking? maybe i got myself in a worse predicament than the barium xray test lol. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Crohn's 4 ever
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   Posted 6/27/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
It depends on exactly what the GI orders, I have had a clear strawberry liquid and a chalky type more often and about 2- 3 milkshake containers.  It isnt fun, but you really need to know what is going on.  I also know with CT scans they inject you with a dye, so you might want to eplore more into it.  No one likes it and close to gagging but I drink it as fast as I can, and get it over with.  Good luck!
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Nanners
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   Posted 6/27/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I had about 4 different CT's done last year. I had to drink a contrast mixed with juice. Did not taste bad at all. Nothing like the yucky barium. I had to drink about two of the hospital water pitchers worth of the stuff and actually threw up about 1/2 of it (not becuz the stuff tasted bad, but becuz I was already nauseous) and they were still able to do the test. Very easy test, at least to me it was. Hope that helps.
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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 6/27/2008 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
The stuff you have to drink for the abdominal CT scan or CT Enterography is NO WHERE near so thick and yucky as the barium for a small bowel follow thru!!! Its not a CocaCola or a lemonade but it sure beats the SBFT barium by miles! And miles. No extra "rocks" to form the air bubble either. And they can see so much more and so much clearer than w/the SBFT. They are able to do films in slices from the top down as well as films w/slices from front to back. Its neat. Hopefully they have the equipment to make a CD of the films that you can view on your own 'puter at home. More and more facilities are offering this "service". It never hurts to ask if they don't volunteer the info. Its hard for me to really understand much of the top down slices unless someone is there to point things out to me, but even I can see and understand the front to back slices. Neat!
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petittarte
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   Posted 6/27/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually for the CT Enterograpy you can just drink water. I threw up most of the contrast for my CT Enterography so the tech asked I thought I could get more down. I told her no so she asked about water. She said that it is the same consistency or volume or something as the contrast. I drank water and they did the test.
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Pooie1981
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   Posted 6/27/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a abdominal CT scan last week. I had to drink a small "potion" that I mixed with juice. It didn't taste bad at all. I had to drink one glass at bed time and then two in the morning and they gave me another cup of it at the hospital. It just tasted like juice, nothing else. Then they injected me with die and did the x ray. No big deal. Good luck.. much better than the barium !!
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mmckenna
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   Posted 6/27/2008 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Not sure if it is the same stuff or not, but I did a "contrast" CT scan a few years back and they had me drink some orange juice that had the contrast liquid in it. It didn't taste that bad, but the contrast liquid gave me a nice all over warm feeling. It's normal, and they'll usually tell you about it ahead of time. Don't be alarmed, it's normal.

There is IV contrast too, I think they do that to see the blood flow on the scan. It gives you the same all over warm feeling.

The drinkable contrast lets them get a better view of the digestive track.

The chalky small bowel follow through "shake" isn't fun, but I've found if it is chilled, it tastes, or at least seems to go down, a bit better. While I know it is hard to take, I found that if I just grin and bear it, swallow it all down as fast as I can, it is a bit better. The trouble that I see most people having is they take dainty little sips of it, and it takes forever to get it down that way. Sometimes just getting it over quickly is best, kind of like ripping off a band-aid. I know, not a popular way to do it, but it works for me.
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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 6/28/2008 4:44 AM (GMT -7)   
My problem w/the barium is AFTER the procedure, not during. Not that I enjoy drinking it, but there are worse things. My other problem w/any of these procedure "drinks", like the scope preps, is too much volume to get down too fast. In many cases they want to fill the gut to distend it as well as help "light it up". I already have a large portion above my anastomosis "dilated". Things move slowly thru the narrowed area so stuff backs up quickly, the distention crowds the area and I get NAUSEOUS. I don't do nausea well at all.
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mmckenna
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   Posted 6/28/2008 6:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a upper GI done once at an army hospital. Rather than letting me drink the barium, they inserted an ng tube and flowed it in that way. Trouble was I was on my back, and the tech left the room with the barium still flowing. I guess he forgot about me and eventually my gut filled up. I threw most of it up, along with the ng tube. Luckily ;) I got some of it on the tech. I doubt he forgot that one.

I understand about the after effects, that's got to be the worst part.
Matthew McKenna,

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Lisa E.
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   Posted 6/28/2008 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I just had one a couple of weeks ago and had to drink a clear liquid 2 hours before the test. It didn't really have any taste and was the consistency of water. The key to getting it down really easy is lots of ice. As soon as it got the slightest bit warm, it was impossible to get down. Good luck to you.

Lisa E.

PS - They also injected a dye through my IV.
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