If you’ve been told that you need to have a CT scan with contrast, you might have a lot of questions when you call to make an appointment with our Pittsburgh lab. Learn a little more about what contrast is and why it could be a useful tool to help diagnose your symptoms!
Questions And Answers About Contrast Dye
North Pittsburgh Imaging Specialists
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT CONTRAST DYE
WHAT DOES CONTRAST DYE DO?
Contrast dye is put into your body to help make smaller details more visible on the CT scan. It actually increases the contrast of the images and can help doctors see things on your scan that otherwise might have been hard to miss.
WHAT IS THE DYE MADE OF?
Most contrast dyes are made up from a mixture of iodine or barium. They are safe to take, though you should let our CT team know if you have any allergies before you take the dye.
ARE THERE ANY LASTING EFFECTS?
There shouldn’t be! A small number of patients might experience a minor allergic reaction to certain contrast dye compounds, but the symptoms should go away pretty quickly. Otherwise, you’ll be able to eat, drink, and resume your other daily activities without an issue.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR YOUR CT SCAN TODAY
Not all CT scans will require contrast dye; your doctor will let you know as well as making it clear in their instructions to our team. Whether or not you need contrast dye, though, our North Pittsburgh team is here to make sure you get a high-quality CT scan that you can afford. Call us to make an appointment for your CT scan today!