Another Test...How Bad is the Oral Contrast for CT Scan?
Even though the doc thinks it's all in my head he's gone an ordered a CT scan. I have to drink an "oral contrast" beforehand. I'm picking it up at the imaging center Saturday for my Wed. CT scan. I'm assuming it's barium.
So, how much am I gonna drink and is it nasty? I'm assuming I'll drink a lot and yep, it'll be gross. Just curious what I'm in for though, and would love to know how bad it is! Any side effects? Nausea, diarrhea?
Re: Another Test...How Bad is the Oral Contrast for CT Scan?
They handed me my large styrofoam cup when I signed in for the scan and had me wait there an hour as I drank it. Lucky you get it beforehand. The cup was pretty heavy and I think strawberry flavor. I've had a CT scan before and it was a different flavor... doesn't matter, still pretty gross. I was able to do it in the time allowed and I don't think I'm one that could do that. It's pretty thick and while drinking not too bad, but after you swallow there is an after taste that always made me make a face. I'm sure it was attractive watching me drink it.
I had some weird stools later, but no other after affects.