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How long does a CT scan take?

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Old 08-26-2003, 02:12 PM   #1
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Question How long does a CT scan take?

Friday I am going to be getting a CT scan of my brain. How long does it take and what is it like?

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Old 08-26-2003, 07:59 PM   #2
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Old 08-27-2003, 12:46 AM   #3
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It takes about 10 minutes. You lie on your back on a table, & they stick your head in a big donut hole & take a few pictures, then you're done. They'll probably make you wait in the waiting room a few minutes to make sure the pictures are clear. Good luck!

Whoops, I might have underestimated...the 10 minutes assumes the tech's efficient & doesn't find anything really interesting to take pictures of. If it goes 30 minutes & they're taking lots of pictures...probably not a good sign.

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Old 08-27-2003, 06:04 AM   #4
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Hi there - I had a brain scan and a cervical spinal scan. Altogether it took about 50 minutes. Be prepared for the very loud noises that keep going off. They aren't there all the time but when they are - boy do you know about it. You may be able to borrow some ear plugs. The main problem I had was lying still for so long. They will give you a buzzer if you are feeling scared and they will stop it but they have to start again from the beginning ~ so try not to press it -try and get it over and done with in one go.

Good Luck

Ann xx
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