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   Posted 11/5/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
So tomorrow I shall have a Barium CT Scan. I did this a few years ago and I can't seem to remember anything about the experience.
How does it take for them to do the CT Scan? Not long right?
Does anyone know if I can take my meds the morning of the exam? I'm not having it until 3:30 pm.

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   Posted 11/5/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Whenever I have had CT scans I have to drink a barium solution that is lighter than the usual barium. They usually mix it with fruit juice so its not too bad. I don't remember how much, its like one of the hospital pitchers full I think. Then when they get you in the CT room, they start and IV and put contrast thru the IV and then take the pictures. I would think you will be in and out in about a hour or so. I usually have always taken my meds with just a sip of water the mornings of my tests. Hope that helps.
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   Posted 11/5/2009 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   


If it is a small bowel follow thru(SBFT) then it will take a couple of hours or however long it takes the Barium to run it's course. I had one done about a month ago and the take xrays as the barium moves thru your intestines and I was there for a couple hours and I recall they mentioned that I had a quicker response then most. It could take up to 3 hours otherwise.


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   Posted 11/5/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
just had my like 30th one last week.. takes about 5 minutes once your on the scanner.

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   Posted 11/6/2009 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm having a abdominal and pelvic scan.
I hope it doesn't take forever. I have a really rough night with intestinal cramps after eating. Oh, it was pretty bad. today I'm tired, dragging, and feeling pretty sick.

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   Posted 11/6/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't remember any restrictions on diet or medications. I do remember being provided w/2 bottles of Volumen (sp? the "light" barium). I was to drink one bottle an hour prior to the procedure, one bottle 20 minutes later and arrive at the facility 20 minutes prior to the procedure where I was IMMEDIATELY handed a glass of water to drink and 20 minutes later I was undergoing the scan which took 5 minutes at most in the scanner itself. There might have been an additional 5-10 minutes setting the IV, check the creatine level as compared to weight and age for the choice of IV tracer used, etc. Probably 15 minutes MAXIMUM once you enter the procedure room. Afterwards you are free to go. At the facility I use if you want a copy of the images on CD there is another 5-10 minute wait and then you are out the door, CD of images in your hand. The report is availabe w/in 3 days maximum and usually is available the next day.
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