|CT Scan of the Head|
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Reasons for Test
What to Expect
Prior to Test
- Avoid eating or drinking anything for four hours before the test if contrast will be used.
- Remove any metal objects, such as jewelry, hearing aids, or dentures.
Description of the Test
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Swollen, itchy eyes
- Tightness of throat
- Difficulty breathing
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2014 -
- Update Date: 06/24/2013 -