So I have an appointment for a CT (commonly referred to as a Cat Scan, although I am pretty positive that there will be no felines involved). I am set up for 0800 tomorrow. I have had an MRI before, but never a CT, so I figured this was something I should know about ahead of time.
A CAT scan, or Computerized Axial Tomography, is used to analyze various structures in the body. The imaging machine is shaped like a large doughnut and my leg will simply be in the hole while the machine takes pictures around me.
All this is well and good, really not too different from an MRI (in procedure, anyway). But then there is the contrast material, or maybe it would be better known as X-ray Dye. Some of this can be ingested through the mouth. I would assume this is some sort of beverage mixture that tastes horrible. It can be injected intravenously, which I think would be my preference. Or it be administered with an enema. I guessing that won't be done to me tomorrow, and quite honestly if it were I would have to assume that my physician has a really bad sense of humor.
I'm glad this is being done in short order, and I'm sure I'll have more to say tomorrow.