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How do I get contrast materials for a CT scan?

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Contrast materials are usually made of iodine or barium sulfate. You might get these drugs in one or more of three ways:

After the CT scan, you’ll need to drink plenty of fluids to help your kidneys remove the contrast material from your body.

  • By injection
  • Orally: Drinking a liquid with the contrast material in it
  • As an enema

From: What Is a CT Scan? WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering: “Computed Tomography.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Abdomen.”

National Cancer Institute: “Computed Tomography (CT) and Cancer.”

Food and Drug Administration: “Computed Tomography (CT).”

Mayo Clinic: “CT Scan.”

PLOS One : “Consistent Surgeon Evaluations of Three-Dimensional Rendering of PET/CT Scans of the Abdomen of a Patient with a Ductal Pancreatic Mass.”

American Cancer Society: “CT Scan for Cancer.”

Nature Communications : “Mutational Signatures of Ionizing Radiation in Second Malignancies.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on December 22, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering: “Computed Tomography.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Abdomen.”

National Cancer Institute: “Computed Tomography (CT) and Cancer.”

Food and Drug Administration: “Computed Tomography (CT).”

Mayo Clinic: “CT Scan.”

PLOS One : “Consistent Surgeon Evaluations of Three-Dimensional Rendering of PET/CT Scans of the Abdomen of a Patient with a Ductal Pancreatic Mass.”

American Cancer Society: “CT Scan for Cancer.”

Nature Communications : “Mutational Signatures of Ionizing Radiation in Second Malignancies.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on December 22, 2018

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