This CT exam is painless, fast and easy.
Though the scanning itself causes no pain, there may be some discomfort from having to remain still for several minutes. If you have a hard time staying still, are claustrophobic or have chronic pain, you may find a CT exam to be stressful. The technologist or nurse, under the direction of a physician, may offer you some medication to help you tolerate the CT scanning procedure.
When you enter the CT scanner, special light lines may be seen on your body and are used to ensure that you are properly positioned. With modern CT scanners, you will hear only slight buzzing, clicking and whirring sounds as the CT scanner revolves around you during the imaging process.
You will be alone in the exam room during the CT scan, unless there are special circumstances. However, the technologist will always be able to see, hear and speak with you at all times.
After the CT exam, you can return to your normal activities.