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    What does an IV injection of contrast for a CT scan feel like?

    Posted by John Holden on Tue, Apr 14, 2009

    Many CT scan tests require injection of IV contrast (dye). IV stands for intravenous which means the contrast is given through a vein. Generally a vein in your hand, lower arm, or near the elbow joint is used. The contrast is used to "highlight" internal organs such as the liver, kidneys, and pancreas. It helps detect and characterize tumors, infection and disease of the vessels.

    Contrast scans are ordered either "with only", meaning contrast is given and then the images are taken or "with and without", which means images are taken before the contrast is administered and then immediately during or after the contrast is injected.

    Into the scan room

    Once you're in the CT scan room you'll be taken to a table and asked to lie down. The CT technologist may take a few images in preparation for the scan and/or do the "non-contrast" part of the scan first. That is, take images that are needed before the IV contrast injection is done.

    The IV tray

    Most facilities will have the IV materials on a metal tray near the CT scan machine. This will include a tourniquet, alcohol pad, IV catheter, gauze, tape, syringe with saline, and some tubing to connect to the injector (the part of the machine that injects the IV contrast - it looks like a big ray gun).

    Getting the IV

    Unlike a blood draw, the IV catheters used are larger and will need to stay in a vein. Larger IVs are used as the contrast is injected at a high rate. You'll be asked to straighten your arm and hand. The technologist will place the tourniquet around your upper arm or wrist.

    The technologist will check for a vein, sometimes using a tapping or brushing movement across your arm. After finding a suitable vein, the technologist will clean the area with an alcohol pad and position the IV over the vein. The IV is advanced through the skin and into the vein. This might take a few tries, particulary for patients who may be dehyrated, have had multiple injections, or chemotherapy.

    Once the IV is placed, a small amount of saline is sometimes injected to test it. The IV is then hooked via tubing to the injector. The table will move and the technologist will leave the room to begin the injection and scan.

    The injection

    The contrast will flow from the injector, through the tubing and into the IV and then the vein. You may feel a "pop" in the beginning of the injection right at the IV site. As the contrast goes into the vein you will feel the fluid rush up your arm. You shouldn't feel any pain - if you do alert the technologist immediately.

    After a few seconds the contrast reaches your chest and heart and you'll feel an intense warm feeling. Some have described it as a "sunburst" or like drinking a hot cup of coffee in one gulp. You might also get a metallic taste in your mouth.

    Usually the scanner begins taking pictures within 10-20 seconds after the injection begins and continues to take pictures after the injection is completed.

    After the injection

    The technologist will remove the IV and place a small piece of gauze with tape over the IV site. 

    What about side effects?

    The most common side effect of contrast is a mild allergic reaction - sneezing, coughing, asthma-like symptoms and small hives. Severe allergic reactions can lead to heart and lung failure. Contrast can also damage the kidneys. If the contrast leaks from the IV and into the tissues of the hand or arm, it can cause pain and inflammation.

    These are just some of the side effects of contrast. Your local Radiology center or hospital can give you more detailed information about the risks and benefits of IV contrast.

    And remember, if you've had a side effect to contrast in the past, make sure you alert the Radiology facility and your doctor in advance.

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    I am due to have an mri with contrast on monday the 3rd of august to investigate pituatry tumour,had an mri in 2005 without contrast and that was bad enough,im a nervous person but,wont take medications and wont take sedatives,after reading about some of these reactions there is no way im having it done with contrast no way.will they still do the scan without it? do i have the right to refuse?worrying me now as i have been suffering with my kidneys,and was so nervous when i saw an endrolcologist i never mentioned it.

    posted @ Tuesday, August 04, 2009 4:48 PM by Maggie

    I had a breast MRI with contrast a week ago.  
    Blood tests done on my kidney prior to MRI. 
    I discovered after the MRI that one of the blood tets the GFR was 45 apparently abnormal yet the contrast was injected. 
    I was told after I inquired that i may have been dehydrated. 
    I cant help but wonder if my blood work was overlooked. 

    posted @ Thursday, August 13, 2009 6:43 PM by Jennifer

    I had a MRI of brain and neck for Multiple sclerosis 9/22/09 approx. 1030am. 
    This is probably my 5th or 6th since 1999. 
    On 9/22 I started to develop a rash at approx. 10 am. Noticed red welts in my groin and tops my tighs.  
    Red welts continued to show up on my trunk, back, arms,hands,legs and feet. Even on my scalp and ears and eyes.  
    Had IV steroids 9/23 at approx. 1pm. 
    Took 1 benadryl at 3pm.  
    Itching and redness calmed way down. 
    At approx. 8pm all came back 
    now at 4am very red, very itchy red welts in all sizes warm radiate heat. 
    Worse than chickenpox's at age 26. 
    will be at doctor before they open Wednessday. 
    tired and very uncomfortable

    posted @ Wednesday, September 23, 2009 5:11 AM by cathy

    i had iv dye a week ago and i am still itching and still get flushed face.

    posted @ Sunday, October 04, 2009 6:04 AM by ranhes

    would an mri without dye show a tumor on the brain

    posted @ Wednesday, January 20, 2010 5:09 PM by helene

    Hi Helene, 
    An MRI without dye may not show a small tumor. The dye helps the Radiologist characterize and classify tumors and other abnormalities seen on the non-contrast portion of the test.

    posted @ Wednesday, January 20, 2010 5:13 PM by Ravi Sohal

    My husband had a Iodine based CT Scan yesterday because of chest pains. He has had a CT before when he had a Stint put in last year when The Hospital failed to notice that my husband had pnemonia and sent him home, we were back at the hospital the next day...he spent the next week in the hosital. But yesterday He said they were very Quick. He had Blood work done immediatly before. then the CT, He was immediatly sent on his way. While driving not even a mile down the road he got light headed and thought he was going to pass out. I was at work and had to leave and pick him up at a gas station and drove him to his family Dr. (who didn't check his vitals). Could this have been a side effect and should I worry?

    posted @ Tuesday, March 09, 2010 9:46 AM by Kerrie

    I just recently had a CT of my kidney area. Had the contrast, the warming sensation felt a bit odd, not bad though. After 10 or so seconds it went away, and I was perfectly fine. Scan went well. Nothing to be afraid of people!

    posted @ Tuesday, March 23, 2010 10:46 PM by Casey

    I had a MRI w/contrast yesterday 3/30/10 my hand was swollen later that night but that has gone down. However, my arm and had are still very sore. 
    After I was home I had some problems breathing but it went away. Today I started having problems breathing. Has anyone ever had this problem? I called my Dr. but he didn't seem to worried. I really think the medical people don't understand the side effects of the MRI Dye.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 31, 2010 7:58 PM by Cheryl

    I had an MRI this morning to see if i have a pituitary tumor. I had the contrast injected. It was very painful. My arm got numb, i didnt want to move my arm because it hurt real bad. Other than feeling pain and soreness in my i had no other side effects.

    posted @ Thursday, April 15, 2010 3:16 PM by josie

    I had a brain mri done yesterday. Both with and without contrast. The guy who put my IV in did a very bad job and made a bubble in my vein and he was fishing in there. It was all swollen and bruised. Not only that, during the part of the MRI with contrast my head felt like it was on fire and my arm too. Also, even though I had headphones on with music, the noise was horribly loud and gave me a massive headache and brought me to tears with that and the fire on the back of my head. He couldn't even hear me calling for him at all. That was the worst experience. Today my head still feels tender and slightly hot and my stomach is all messed up and swollen. I will like I have toxic gases inside me and I feel like I have to go to the bathroom all the time. An extremely horrible experience.

    posted @ Tuesday, April 27, 2010 5:35 PM by Christy

    Had a CT scan today, the process was going well up until the contrast injection, they put the injection in and then carried on with the scanning process, it was causing me absolute agony and i wasnt able to stay still like they wanted me to, i was actually saying out loud 'it hurts really bad'. They carried on scanning and then come out because the needle has come out in my arm and so the contrast solution was just pumping into my muscle. They told me its really rare for that to happen, but that doesnt help me sitting at home now worrying about it. 
    My advice is opt out of the injection its not nessecary to complete the scan & its not worth the risk.

    posted @ Friday, August 13, 2010 11:57 AM by Jon

    I had a CT scan 3 days ago for my lower abdomen area.I drank and had IV contrast for the test. The evening of my test I drank plenty of water to help flush the contrast out of my system. In the wee morning I had stomach cramps like crazy. I woke up with diarreh, which is fine, a process to expel the contrast. Trust me , I want this out of my system quick. Later that morning  
    I experienced a flash of warming burning sensation through my face for a few minutes. I had a headache all day at work. I continued and still have sudden pain attacks in my stomach. My right arm where they put the IV in has a knot in my muscle area above where they injected me. I still today suffer with pain attacks in stomach, of which I have had good bowel movements. The metallic taste is still lightly in my throat and so is the tenderness and knot in my arm. They doctoers tell you to drink plenty of liquids to flush out of your kidneys. It must be a concern to them to do that. How do you know if it is all flushed out? I will never have this done again. Now I wonder what kind of health effects to other body organs this crap will cause. This can not be good.

    posted @ Saturday, October 02, 2010 4:08 PM by Michelle

    i have to have a ct scan on my brain im dreading it as im terrifed of needles,i just need to know if i can have the scan without the contrast solution? and will the results show up just as good? im also bronchol asthmatic and have to have 2 antihistamines everyday so dont fancy any side effects, please tell me someone,im so scared about this, thankyou.

    posted @ Tuesday, October 12, 2010 8:16 PM by Denise Davies

    You guys are the most nagging, frightened people i've ever seen. A contrast injection has almost NO side effects. Of course there is always dangers that COULD happen. Hell technically you could take one advil and your liver could fail, get over it. It is a risk well worth taking seeing that the doc has ordered a CT or MRI obviously he has a reason. I would be more worried about your possible tumor than the contrast injection. I had one today for a CT and it was easy. Needle wasn't very big, and the only thing I felt was a VERY intense warm feeling that starts in your neck and shoots down your body. it actually felt kind of good because it was cold in that room.

    posted @ Monday, November 08, 2010 11:11 PM by Ari M

    I had a MRCP(MRI WITH CONTRAST OF LIQUID AND IV)and felt horrible pain in hand when it went through iv,worst pain ever.It was sore for a few days but then I woke up today and hand swelled double and pain in hand and up to my elbow..does anyone know why???..but I would still have again if it figures out whats wrong

    posted @ Monday, December 13, 2010 4:34 PM by tammie from kentucky

    I had a CT today with the contrast through iv.. No need to worry! It felt like a burning sensation going in ( just in my hand)for about 30 seconds and then i felt all warm inside, and when it got to my bladder I felt like I peed my pants (but i did'nt) lol.. Don't worry guys.. It is no big deal!

    posted @ Thursday, January 13, 2011 9:06 PM by jody

    I had a CT scan with contrast last Friday...had many before and NO adverse reaction. On Saturday morning I noticed a swollen patch on the right side of my lower back/waist. Also on my stomach there is some swelling. Just wondered how long this lasts. I'm going to the Dr tomorrow to see about it. I don't see this mentioned in here so far.

    posted @ Wednesday, January 19, 2011 7:22 PM by joanieaz1

    I had a CT scan earlier today. 
    a brain scan, with a contrast injection first. I was'nt aware that i would need this, but the only thing i noticed was a feeling of warmth and needing a pee. Don.t worry yourself's over it. They get better results in the end.

    posted @ Thursday, February 10, 2011 2:16 PM by Caroline

    I had a cardiac cath 2/18/11 with the dye/contrast; about 3 to 7 days after the procedure I began to have severe pain in my joints (arms, wrist, ankles & fingers), which subsided in 10 to 14 days. I thought the joint pain was a side effect of one of the medicines I had been put on, so I stopped tak8ing it. And the pains gradually subsided. However, I had an abdomenal CT scan with contrast on 3/24/11 and the pain and swelling in my joints returned, only more severe, involving my jaws, as well as the other joints and have lasted longer (still having problems 4/26/11). Is it possible these joint issues are due to the conbtrast/dye received for these procedures? If so, are there long term effects on my joints that will continue?

    posted @ Tuesday, April 26, 2011 12:18 PM by Clem Waters

    had a dye scan done yesterday wrote on the form I had to fill out that I had a bad experience with the same scan last year, short of breath and elbow pain, angina, it went away after I used the RHO-Nitro spray. do they check the form you fill out or is it just to get your signature.

    posted @ Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:32 AM by a. bakker

    CT scans, MRI's...I have had too many to count over the last 8 years, having been diagnosed with cancer 8 years ago and then MS 4 years ago...I have never had any reaction to the dye (other than the typical flushing and feeling like I peed my pants--as they warn us about). However, I went in yesterday (5/24/11) for a routine CT scan, and had a severe reaction. Completely took me by surprise and scared the hell out of me (pardon my language). Seriously, folks, ct's and mri's with the dye ARE quite routine, and shouldn't be shyed away from if there is no reason to think you will have a reaction...but be smart...SPEAK UP if something doesn't feel right--don't just assume it will go away. And bring someone with you...I went by myself (as I have so many times before) and it sure would have been nice to have had someone there that knew me if I had blacked out completely...not to mention, I wasn't allowed to leave on my own, much less drive, after all they did to me to get me back to a functional level. Had to call my hubby (a truck driver) in off his route so that he could come and get me. Just be pro-active and most important--SPEAK UP when you don't feel right!

    posted @ Wednesday, May 25, 2011 10:29 AM by kathy

    I Injured my wrist from work ,MRI was done showed i have (TFCC) the orthopidic i most have surgery ... When i was time for the the surgery they don't doing because the insurance said 'they will not if i get it done' . They insurance case manager .send me to see inother doctor whose requested and mri with contrast ..which i wasnt now about it until the day before the test no one told me about..Today i went for the test they told me the injection will be inject in my wrist which i had pain for 2 month when i saw the cosent form i suppose to sign , i read all the paragraps , i stated to worry because i have no idea if i was coming for a test like that i refused to do it.. what can i do ?

    posted @ Wednesday, June 08, 2011 10:59 PM by

    I had an MRA at the Methodist Baptist Hospital in Memphis, TN a day prior to a scheduled craniotomy. Following a very painful insertion of the contrast dye, I had excruciating pain in a band around my arm and extending up into the top of my head. I told the tech that it felt like a cigarette lighter was burning through the inside of my arm. She explained it would only last about 10 minutes more. It lasted 25 minutes. I cried and begged to be taken to the ER, believing that my arm was being seriously damaged. It felt like my arm was being amputated with a wire. My son, who was holding my hand the whole time said that even though I was trying not to move, my whole face was shuddering in pain with visible tics. When I got back to the dressing room, a radiologist came and told me I did not suffer an allergic reaction, but rather an "adverse effect." He said that they knew the dye they used was more "irritating" than some, but that is the company provided dye they contract for. I was told later at another hospital that I did in fact suffer an allergic reaction to the dye. Oh, by the way, my surgery was canceled the next day because the surgeon said I didn't "trust" him. Right. 
    I would never allow this to happen to me again. I had told these people I had previously had a (milder)reaction to dye. Bet that didn't make it into the chart. My advice. Sign a conditional consent. Tell them you will withdraw consent if you have serious pain. Get them to put it in writing that they will stop the test. If they will not put it writing, go somewhere else.

    posted @ Monday, July 11, 2011 1:06 AM by MAR S

    I had ct scan on feb 2011 scan is painless and straight forward.then they added contrast intravenusly, you feel a warm flushing through your body that was ok. Then i experienced tightness across my chest which was very frightening and i thought i was going to die,i also had shortness of breath, i didnt know about these side affects before i had this done.i stayed in the hospital for a few hours until i felt better. I will be needing to have more ct scans done in future, im hoping i can have them done without contrast. When i visited my doctor he said the hospital said it was anxiety and not a side effect. I was not anxious through this scan, i was very relaxed and i know that this certainly was a reaction to the contrast dye, ive never experienced anything like this in my life and never want to again either.

    posted @ Wednesday, August 24, 2011 6:49 AM by Marie

    I have had 2 MRI Scans before I went through my third MRI which was to be done with the dye. I was explained that as I had previous surgery they needed me to have the injection for the dye so my consultant could see a plainer picture on the MRI showing any scar tisue from the previous operation. It did not hurt and to me only felt the same as having had blood taken from my arm so many times in the past. I didnt feel any difference to the start MRI I had without the Dye first. It was not painfull and I had no after effects neither immediately after the scan nor the remaining day or after days. Im having another scan (with Dye) as I have had previous surgery on my spine and Im not at all worried about the appointment which will be on 28/09/2011. Will give you feedback after this. As my MRI is the 4ht and Im still not well I feel they need to do this type of MRI to see closer and if it helps my condition or diognosis I feel this must go ahead and Im not worried in any way so I hope anyone feeling worried about this type of MRI can feel a little relieved as it will help the consultand sort any serious condition that needs treated so dont delay and dont worry!!

    posted @ Tuesday, September 20, 2011 6:25 AM by Angela Charlton

    I was just wondering about a year 
    ago I had an mri w/&w/out dye the technician put dye right into my arm by my elbow I am saying it that way because she did not get it in my vein & i now have an indentation in my arm and suffer from tremendous pain at times where my arm is heavy and very painful.Also would like to know would mri reading turn out if the dye did not go into my system.

    posted @ Tuesday, September 27, 2011 6:25 PM by kathy


    posted @ Thursday, October 13, 2011 8:20 PM by Jennifer Waelder

    I had a CT Scan with the Dye to see what was causing the the sharp pains in my back. Before the procedure was complete - I was ripping my skin off, I was flushed -couldn't breath, couldn't talk... they rushed me back to my cubicle in ER and my sister almost freaked - 10 doctors hit the room and started flushing my IV, oxygen, sitting me up - telling me to do certain things - I thought I was going to die. My sister said my lips were purple and looked like liver and I was as red as a fire truck. I was out for a couple of hours then sent home with a bucket load of heavy duty drugs and instructions to return immediately if the symptoms returned and the drugs didn't get them under control immediately. I had the same feelings - flushed, sweats, lips swelling, short of breath for the next 3 days. The doctor in ER told me I can NEVER have the dye again - it is a matter of Life and Death... or in my case - Death!! Told me to wear an ID bracelet. So to ARI M... you should always be worried about side effects! Everyone is different!

    posted @ Tuesday, November 08, 2011 5:13 PM by Almost Died...

    I had a chest CT scan with contrast today. Best tech ever. Honestly. I'm horrified of needles (to the point where I apologized to the tech in advance in case I puked on him). I barely felt a thing, I kept waiting for the real pain to start, and he's like "Ok, all set, ready for the scan?". I couldn't believe it. I truly think it depends on the tech, I've had the stabby ones who just aim and throw, and then I get these guys like today, who actually take their time and take the patient into consideration. But don't worry, I was worried and it was for nothing.

    posted @ Wednesday, November 30, 2011 3:57 PM by Max

    Scheduled for CT scan with contrast for disk problems in neck. Should i be worried about the dye?

    posted @ Wednesday, December 07, 2011 11:05 PM by Sally

    Sally- If your script says with contrast then your dr wants you to have dye. As long as you are not allergic to iodine I would not worry to much about it. Its rare to have a reaction but It can happen. Generally for disk problems at least where I work we don't use contrast but everywhere has different protocols. If you do get dye the tech should explain it all to you but once they start the injection it takes a few seconds (maybe 20 or so) and you will start to get a very warm feeling from your head to your toes sorta like a hot flash. You also might feel like you are peeing your pants but I promise you really are not. Some people get a metallic taste in their mouth. It goes away pretty fast too. Its a little different for everyone but I have given hundreds of injections and the vast majority have no problem. If you feel any discomfort in your arm where the iv is tell the tech asap, wave your arms around if you have to. You shouldn't feel any pain. A c-spine ct is a pretty fast exam. I would get yourself stress about it. Hope this helps.

    posted @ Thursday, December 08, 2011 4:59 AM by Cass

    I had a CT scan with IV contrast last week for the first time. But I did not know I was allergic to iodine. I used to have CT scan without contrast. The technician explained to me about what I would feel after the injecion. When I got back home after 3 hours my hands were red, itchy, burned like fire and my feet were ithy as well.Right away I noticed it was a reaction to the contrast.Immediately I took 50mg of Benadryl.Later on I felt nauseous and I vomitted.The next day I went to see my internist and he put me on prednisone for 5 days.After 5 days, it was like the contrast has burned me inside and out.I noticed dry blisters in my hands and feet. Then the skin of my hands and feet started to peel off.Now I am undergoing dermatological therapy.That IV contrast is very dangerous. I will never have that dye again.

    posted @ Thursday, January 19, 2012 3:45 PM by Laura

    I have had a liver MRI and a breast MRI recently both without any type of contrast.I was in one piece both of the times since the device is opened both the edges and I don`t suffer from claustrophobia. It was just noisy. On January 11th 2012 I had a liver MRI and this time it was done with the contrast highligthing. I could have died there in that bed and my family would have been told It was a heart attack!? Once the exam started, the radiologist was telling me to inspire and expire but the intervals were too long! The contrast was applied, the woman asked me to inspired but never asked me to expire so i press the call for the first time. Immediately I felt very much dissoriented and it felt like I was riding the faster Mary go round I have ever been, or like what you feel when you are extremely drunk. Then suddenly very strong nauseas came, but since I was attached with a required device over the chest and abdomen to the bed completely immovilized I couldn`t lift my head. By that time I could only move my head to the left and to the right thinking if I had vomited I would possibly drawn. Then suddenly I got my self feeling suffocation and fighting for breath!! All this symptoms went in that order and from the beggining I was pressing the emergency botton they had told me to press if needed.I pressed the botton 5 times and the last time I did it, it felt like it would be my last. Finally those two came just in time. I suppose all these symptoms developed in around 1,30 to 2 minutes, well that`s my guess. Soon recovered. Felt dizzy for around 10 minutes and very week. Some swalleness in the arm no burning feeling at all. This happenned in a hospital in Tokyo and after some days I claimed why they had not sttoped the exam even thought I had pressed the emergency botton the Radiologist said he was watching me through a camera and he didn`t considered he needed to stop it!! Then what is the meaning of it? That is your life line at the moment since you are left alone in that room. 
    The good thing is from the evening before they had forbidden me to eat at all and drink the least as possible. Thanks to that I didn`t vomit guys. I have not paid this bill yet of course. I thing this is completely outrageous and each time I remember about this, feel kind of depressed and abused? I don`t want to come near any hospital for some while even for a blood test unless it will be extremely necessary. I don`t thing I want ever to try this contrast thing ever. Otherwise I would require one of my family members by my side and probably other watching the sign for the emergency in the room the Radiologist actually is. Fortunately I don`t have any kidney disease because they never asked about it. Best advice folks please get very well informed about any drug secondary effects you will be administered during your life time and aim for a healthier life style so we might no need to visit hospitals again. My experience has also told me Physicians not too young not too old and with a good position in the hospital are likely to trust. At least here in Japan. I would appreciate knowing what would be the legally consecuences if a case like this happened in your Country. Blessings!!

    posted @ Saturday, January 28, 2012 10:07 AM by Sandra

    I forgot to add than when they finally decided to stop the exam,light convulsions had started taking place. In the test result copy I asked to be given, was stated the exam had been a limited study and that I had presented dyspnea. That`s it. I was almost dying!! 
    Fortunately I went straight to bed because I had with advance decided to stay at the hospital that night. It is said contrast could cause lung failure so I thing that is why several of us felt suffocating. If you have any problem with your lungs or heart think twice about this. Require some strong minded trusted one to be by your side. Confirm where the camera they are supposedly watching you is located. If you must be immobilized require the person who is by your side to be explained how to get you free. If you feel the breathing inter vals are too long speak before they apply the dye. DON`T WAIT like I did.

    posted @ Sunday, January 29, 2012 7:34 AM by Sandra

    I had an MRI of the pelvis done today and had no idea what I was getting into. It was done early and now 10 hours later, I still feel sick from that contrast, I almost feel like I'm on drugs! Nasty taste in my mouth, light headed, terrible headache, extremely nausea, and none stop urinating. They definitely need to express in more detail what this entails. I had no idea I would be feeling this way all day! I guess because I didn't do any research as to what exactly is an MRI! Shame on me!

    posted @ Tuesday, January 31, 2012 11:05 PM by Amarilis

    I just had a CT today and it was the first time ive had the IV and I was not expecting that feeling I really felt like throwing up, is this normal?

    posted @ Monday, February 27, 2012 10:28 PM by Ruben

    Had iv contrast last week for CT scan of lungs. I've had previous scans without incident. This time, however, I experienced very rapid heartbeat, and a lingering warmth from the contrast. Previously, the warm feeling went away quickly. I told the techs about the rapid heartbeat, and they stayed with me until it passed, but I was still scared out of my wits. I remained in waiting room for about 30 minutes. When I left I was still feeling shakey and kind of cold. Had another CT with barium AND IV contrast today of upper abdomen, and this test went better. I still had a little bit of rapid heartbeat, but not NEARLY as bad as last week. The radiologist that performed the scan today checked with the radiologist who performed last week's test and he said the dye had to be injected quicker because of what they were looking at. So, my advice is to ask as many questions about your procedure as possible. Be your own advocate. Educate yourself on these procedures. Doctors, nurses, etc., are human beings, not gods. And it's your right to be informed.

    posted @ Friday, March 02, 2012 8:29 PM by Rae

    I just had a Catscan with contrast done yesterday. I had to go in 2 hours prior to the test to drink 2 cups of this fluid. At first the liquid didn't taste as bad but after a while I started feeling like I was going to vomit. It tasted a little like the sugar water drinks they sell for .25 cents when we were kids but with a kinda diet drink aftertaste. So out of the 2 cups I almost drank one, held in my urge to vomit for 2 hours somehow and then taking the test laying down was hard- feeling that sick and laying flat wasn't on my top 10 of how to feel better but the Catscan went by so quick!!! The injection really wasn't that bad and I hate needles. Today I still feel like I'm goin to puke, and my throat hurts- but otherwise if you can get past the drinks it's easy easy easy!!!

    posted @ Wednesday, April 18, 2012 8:45 AM by Carolyn

    I had a CT scan of my lungs 4/19/12. I did not feel the IV Contrast going into my body. The tech used a small needle and pushed the fluids in slowly. I have no after effects of the IV.After reading these posts.I say, Thanks be to God.

    posted @ Friday, April 20, 2012 1:39 PM by Ava

    My kidney's after the scan hurt so bad. I drank plenty of water. Feels like stones constantly.

    posted @ Tuesday, May 22, 2012 4:49 PM by dianne c. leavenworth

    I had a CT scan three years ago and had a really bad reaction my heart rate went sky high and to the point you could see the my whold body shuddering a doctor was called and waited with me until things got better this took about 15 minuts, first and last ct I will ever have with the dye.

    posted @ Tuesday, June 12, 2012 5:54 PM by Caz

    I had a CT scan of my head with the injection dye this morning. The injection and the burning/warming sensation was not bad, since it was really cold in the room. What I experienced was a crazy weird feeling in my chest like my heart was doing flips and rolls. My head felt fuzzy and my stomach woozy! Now, 8 hours later, I still feel woozy and tired, like all my energy has been drained out of me. I know it is better for me to have gone through this so they can determine why I am experiencing constant dizziness and numbing on the right side of my face when I raise my right arm. They believe I have Subclavian Steal Syndrome. The only thing I wish was different was being more informed as to what I should or could feel with the injection.  

    posted @ Thursday, June 28, 2012 6:53 PM by Julie

    I had a pelvic abdominal ct scan with drinks and contrast yesterday. I have had several before as well as mri's with contrast. The feeling you experience during is always the same for me, metal taste in mouth, really warm throughout ( kind of feels nice actually). Today however, I am experiencing excruciating lower abdominal pain on my left side that runs back into my left kidney. It is now also running a bit down my left thigh. Left side only. I have NEVER had kidney pain before in my life but I have given birth( naturally) and this pain far out weighs the other! I have not seen too many others comment on lower abdominal pain, has anyone else experienced this? Perhaps it has nothing to do with the contrast at all as I have had this several times before with no problems! My mother in law had a severe reaction however, and she will never be able to sit comfortably again! She now feels like she is being electrocuted in the butt constantly! Poor woman! She is the one in 200,000 they mention to have severe complications on the consent form you sign! If I could go back, I would still sign the form and take the contrast, regardless of pain I feel now. Without it, and clearly depending on what they are looking for( in my case I understand why) I would not get a diagnosis and proper treatment to keep me alive! So, to each their own! Best of luck to everyone!

    posted @ Friday, July 06, 2012 1:16 AM by Janelle

    Hi again. I figured I wOuldnt give you my update. After experiencing the pain in my lower left abdominal and back for over 24 hours and with the pain progressing to the point I could not breathe, I went to my dr. I had my bloodwork down and within 2 hours was notified that I was experiencing kidney failure. I had to go to the hospital and meet with a kidney specialist who then put me on iv meds ASAP! They take this seriously! I continued to drink lta of water to flush things out. Now, a week later, I feel pretty good. The pain is mostly gone, but I am very very tired. I have to have my bloodwork done weekly for now so that sucks! I am so happy I went with my gut feeling, and went straight to my dr or it could have been alot worse with permenant damage! We don't know why this happened, it just does sometimes. With all being said, if I couldgo back, I would still have the contrast. If it wasn't for the contrast, in my medical situation and what they were looking for, may not have been found and I could my be treated. I have yeas ahead of me still. At 37, I appreciate life far too much to end it now. So, I'm thankful for science and technology today:)

    posted @ Tuesday, July 10, 2012 6:35 PM by Janelle

    I had CT scan s/contrast. about 1/2 hraafter leaving hospital left arm felt very heavy. Next got wicked migraine and arm still strange. had PET sccan yesterday w/o incident, but today migraine and numb left arm again.

    posted @ Thursday, July 12, 2012 2:17 PM by Lois Whidden

    I had a ct scan this morning and the contrast went into my arm. My arm is swollen and I can't bend it. How am I supposed to take care of this now. The hospital put ice on it for a short time, and then sent me home with no other explanation.

    posted @ Saturday, July 14, 2012 11:08 AM by Pam

    Omg had a ct scan with the injection dye . Was so so so nervous after reading these pots was almost going to leave. It was FINE. Hardly felt a thing and he said my vein was deep. Only slight warm it's ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    posted @ Monday, August 06, 2012 12:53 AM by Naomi

    Ater my first ct scan with contrast 
    few hours later I went into severe all over cramp style pain I was very rigged. After my second scan I was much the same the all over my body pain was undisscribeable I can never go through that again

    posted @ Monday, August 13, 2012 12:24 AM by janet williamson

    had a ct scan this morning, drank the funny tasting liquid that was ok, had injection of dye and my whole body went limp felt like i passed out and had no control, i was very very scared, after what felt like ages i came round and the ct scan was still going on, after the scan i felt very light headed, very tired and sick and had to take the rest of day off sick i will not be having it done again

    posted @ Monday, August 20, 2012 8:21 AM by lynn

    HI Had the CT with dye done and it was a piece of cake, you just feel warm and then like you are peeing your pants and then its all over, the only issue i have with any of it is that my arm where they put the IV is sore as hell and i can feel where the IV was and that was 3wks ago! Other then that its all great!

    posted @ Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:32 PM by Elly

    My husband is 86 years old and had CAT scans of his abdomen, liver, spine and chest. He became ill in the doctor's office before the scan was done and before he had finished the second bottle of contrast media. Three hours later after the scan he had what appeared to be a mini-stroke. He could not talk, could not move his arms or legs and I had to call 911 and he spent the next few days in the hospital undergoing more tests. Today he is in a Rehab Center and still not able to come home.

    posted @ Saturday, October 13, 2012 7:38 PM by Jean Kincaid

    had CT with contrast a year ago. Felt warm for a second, then comfortable. Went home and nothing happened. Had another one on Saturday. Felt nothing. Went home. Having more frequent bowel movements, but that's it. I am guessing side effects to contrast are on the rare side?

    posted @ Wednesday, November 07, 2012 10:07 PM by nichola

    Before the scan, the tech told me what to expect. He performed the 1st scan w/o contrast which was simple and easy. I like new experiences and am always curious. During the CT Scan with contrast though my heart starting racing really fast and heart felt like it was about to pound out of my chest. Is this normal? Does the die drastically increase heart rate to spread through the body?

    posted @ Thursday, November 08, 2012 6:23 AM by Jay Joseph

    November 16, 2012. 
    About two hours after having the CT scan today, I had a bowl of mini wheats with milk and brown sugar for breakfast; I did not drink any water or other liquids before the scan. The lady discribed some the the side effects, none of which I appear to have, the procedure and the steps for the CT scan. Everything came off with no apparent problems. Then about an hour later I begin to feel nausiated, and shortly after got violently ill. This continued for the next 2 hours, until a bright yellow liquid was expelled from my stomach. With the illness, I felt very hot, like having a high fever, my stomach was bloated and a mild pain in my chest, At one point I was going to call the ambulance. Then after bring up the bright yellow liquid, I got the chills and got very tired and somewhat dizzy.I was so chilled I could not drive. When I got home I took a warming blanket and went to sleep for about 4 hours. When I awoke I felt Ok, and had a desire for something to drink .  

    posted @ Friday, November 16, 2012 5:57 PM by Gerard Young

    Had Ct with contrast over 4 weeks ago - severe protienuria from day one. It damaged my kidneys. Due to see a nephrologist. The reason for the scan was for abdominal pain-bowel related and manageable, Now, I'm 100% worse off all because of this!

    posted @ Sunday, November 25, 2012 6:12 PM by Paz

    I was to have a CT scan. The 'excellenent' Kenyan hospital I was at for 5 days made me petrified of needles (never before felt that way). The IV was extreemly painful and they had to do it two times. The saline flush was so painful I screamed and begged. I couldn't go thru it I was in such fear. I will opt to have it done when I get back to America.

    posted @ Saturday, December 22, 2012 8:43 AM by Claudia Campbell

    I just got back from my, probably, 100th MRI scan. With and without dye. The only issue Ive ever had with the contrast, and mind you, Ive had literally around 100 of these, was warmth. They is actually more than one type of dye. The warmth is actually pretty gentle, yes starts in your chest. If youre really anxious during the test, imagine it as the sun shining on you :-) It helps. The type of dye that I had today was saline based. Yes, if a tiny bit sneaks out of your vein, which RARELY happens, as it did to me today, your arm with hurt with moderate severity for about 15 mins. They can give you a hot pack to put on it for the rest of the test. I will say that it was significant pain BUT this dye is safe than the others. If youre claustrophobic and dont want to take meds, bring a washclothes with you (make sure it has No metal) and ask them to place it over your eyes. it will stop you from opening your eyes and will also promote relaxation :-) I know this bc I am EXTREMELY

    posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 1:24 PM by Mandy Rice

    sicker than a dog for weeks told the CT guy NO CONTRAST when I bleed it burns my throat had seizure broke my nose I will beat the next guy to a pulp ever gives me that crap again

    posted @ Saturday, February 02, 2013 4:44 AM by Randall Bates

    hey, just wanted to know if anyone else developped a rash from a ct scan with the dye injection, I had the test a week ago today and I developed a few rash spots on Wednesday and they are getting worse and I am itchy!!! they are little pimple like bumps,on my arms, hands, and elbows! did anyone else get reaction????

    posted @ Friday, March 01, 2013 9:43 PM by jennifer roach

    jennifer roach 
    I had a rash for almost 4 months the first time and been 6 weeks this time they progress into open soars if you have the same email me

    posted @ Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:42 AM by Randall Bates

    i have read your comment abt ct scan with iv. ihave one this morning. Ihave the same sympton as your. However, I think it is infection in our body . To know the cause it is important to do your ct scan. with iv. It wi clear all your problem better to know than not knowing.Goin to the doctor is a problem. We wait to long when we have a problem. It does exclate and do more damage. Have faith pray, think positive and you should be fine. Sometime we think too much of a problem than a solution. Don not worry have faith in yourself and god

    posted @ Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:01 AM by ms

    I just had a ct scan with and without contrast. It felt as if something heavy was sitting on my chest. I suffer from panic attacks so that may have been part of the issue. Overall it was very fast and doable.

    posted @ Tuesday, April 23, 2013 11:48 PM by April

    I had a CT scan with contrast this afternoon. I did not know what to expect accept I knew there would be an iv with the contrast solution. I barely felt the needle for the IV. The warming feeling when the dye was injected was a very strange feeling that could be felt from my head all the way down. I did feel faint (probably due to not eating all day) but not nauseous and that feeling passed quickly. I had no other issues and everything went smoothly and painless.

    posted @ Monday, May 06, 2013 3:40 PM by TJ

    I am going to have my first ct scan today and reading all ya'lls comments I am scared shitless

    posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 10:56 AM by Savannah Hutson

    Have had numerous scans with contrast with no problem until Feb. 2013. Could not breathe; radiology had to call EMS. Not sure of cause until 2nd scan a week ago while in hospital. Same suffocating result. Both instances required immediate oxygen. Tech said he'd never seen such reaction. Has anyone else had this reaction? Now I'm even afraid to eat shellfish.

    posted @ Monday, June 03, 2013 8:21 AM by SUSAN KOESTER

    I got contrasts injected through my IV after my car accident I was in. I needed my stomach scanned because my seat belt tightened against it. It's been a week and my arm from 2 inches below where I got my IV to above the part of my arm that started hurting from the contrasts are extremely bruised. It's puffy, blue, purple, red and just getting worse.

    posted @ Friday, June 14, 2013 11:03 PM by Madi

    I had a CT scan two weeks ago. All went fine with the scan. I had four MRIs with contrast in the past without issue. Six days after my scan I developed a rash. It started slowly. Small red bumps. Then progressed to full blown full body hives. My thoughts at first was allergic reactions to something but i didn't think almost a week later it might be due to the dye in my body. I ended up going to a walk in urgent care because the itching was horrible. I couldn't sleep. I was injected with steroids and it helped immensely. I looked up rashes on the net and it looks exactly like measles. So I did have a blood test done and waiting for results. Then I got to thinking about the dye and here I see a couple posts about a rash that started well after the test. Can anyone tell me if you experienced this? How long did he rash last? Did it burn and itch? Did the spots form together in areas and become one big area of red blotches? Should I be more concerned with kidney issues?

    posted @ Sunday, June 16, 2013 11:03 PM by Mimi

    I would say that the majority of people going in for a CAT scan have compromised health to begin with so the injection with dye should be fully disclosed and fully discussed with your GP. After reading all these horror stories about side-effects of the dye I believe there should be a review on the necessity of it and having different options available for testing. ALWAYS ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY PROCEDURES AND DON'T BE AFRAID TO REFUSE ANY TREATMENT OR PROCEDURE IF YOU ARE CONCERNED. 

    posted @ Tuesday, July 09, 2013 10:11 PM by S G

    hey im due for a ctscan next week. im really nervous about it. the dr told me it will be with an iv though. how is that? i really dont understand. is there any risks? they say i have high trama to my head is this ctscan with iv dangerous? will it hurt?

    posted @ Saturday, August 17, 2013 8:47 AM by stormi s

    what is a ctscan with iv? does it hurt? im due to have one next week. are there any risks?

    posted @ Saturday, August 17, 2013 8:56 AM by stormi s

    Had a CT scan today with IV contrast for balance problems. I had no idea an IV was part of it, if I had I may not have gone as I have a severe needle phobia. The Technician who inserted the IV was great, the thought of it was worse than the actual procedure. I went in for the scan.The first without contrast, the second with. When the contrast was injected I felt very warm, and started having palpitations, I was really scared but stayed still. After the scan I could hardly sit up, never mind walk. My dizziness was worse than it had ever been ( the reason for my scan ). I was pushed in a wheelchair to the waiting area where I sat for a further 20 mins then left. Very scary experience, but it's worth it if it ends up saving my life.

    posted @ Wednesday, September 04, 2013 2:52 PM by Darren Ramsay

    i had my first ct scan with dye i drank contrast and had the injections that night my arm above the injection site was sore the next day it swelled now on the 3rd day i have a paiful knot in my arm went to the doctor and he put me on asprin and antibiotics i actually liked the way the dye felt but got freaked out when my hurt started racing...i wont be getting another one but some people it can save your life you just have to weigh the pros and cons

    posted @ Friday, November 01, 2013 11:42 PM by teresa

    Just got back from CT scan. Nothing to worry about. I was warned to expect a warm feeling, but it reminded me of the feeling of lying in the sun on a warm day. Lasted a few seconds only. Was asked to sit in the waiting room for 20 mins to check for any reactions. There were none and I went home. 

    posted @ Monday, November 04, 2013 5:32 AM by Chris

    I had a CT Scan few days ago with and without contrast it was my worst experience ever I did not know what to expect was really scared immediately the dye got into me I didn't even feel any warm sensation because I started coughing profusely and felt very very nauseous and threw up seriously I had not eaten anything except water I threw out everything felt dizzy, very weak and breathless. My worst experience ever. I ddnt read any one mention he or she threw up is my case peculiar? Till now two days later I still feel breathless and weak.

    posted @ Wednesday, December 11, 2013 2:26 AM by posh

    I had a ct scan with dye on 7 Nov2013. The medics were looking for I think a potential pulmonary embolism. 
    On return to ward (less than 5 mins)a nurse noted I was looking "strange" within seconds my face felt numb and totally swollen; I was being sick and from finger tips to my toes felt as if millions of insects were scratching on the inside trying to get out.It was neutralised with something but 2 doctors from intensive care ward (next ward) stayed with me for at least an hour. I was kept on oxygen for about another 2 hours.The medics have still diagnosed my breathlessness which suddenly developed very suddenly 4 weeks after my heart attack. The experience of the huge allergic reaction to the dye was worse than the original heart attack and today had to have a "radio active" scan.If anyone has any ideas about my sudden onset of breathlessness which occurred 4 days before my ct scan it would be fantastic. I think it is something to do with my stomach. 
    Nigel Page

    posted @ Thursday, February 06, 2014 2:44 PM by Nigel Page

    Had a CT scan of my aorta yesterday with contrast dye. The iv needle was put in, and while mildly uncomfortable, was fine. The machine was cool, like Star Trek. Half way through the 5 minute scan, they injected the dye. My throat and neck felt warm, like a towel straight from the dryer was on there. My palms and butt felt the same way. After about 1 minute, the sensation faded. It's been 24 hours and I'm fine. I think most of these horror stories are from people who have an allergic reaction. While possible, this is rare. Most people who have a boring normal experience don't seek out a comments section and write about it. So if you're scheduled for this scan, I'd say you probably have absolutely nothing to worry about. Just talk to your doc and remain calm.

    posted @ Friday, February 14, 2014 1:57 PM by Jen

    I had a CT scan after having a mild stroke and it was no problem. The dye felt very warm but didn't affect me in any way, but I had another one done a month later and when the dye was administered, my heart starting racing so fast and skipping beats that I panicked and told them what was happening. They took me out and let me sit up and gave me orange juice to drink. I don't think I will be able to ever do that again. It was scary because I thought I was going to have a heart attack and took my blood pressure when I got home and it was very high. Never again.

    posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 2:22 PM by Jo

    Had the scan done with the IV contrast in April 2 2014,this a week later and my legs will not support my body when I walk they really hurt bad. I was told that the stuff settled in my lower legs Its will have to run its course,I will never have it again.

    posted @ Sunday, April 13, 2014 6:14 AM by Archie Carter

    I've had quite a few MRI's/CT scans where they used IV contrast. I've never had an issue with it till the most recent one. I'm pretty sure it was the guy who started the IV. He punctured my vein through and through and pumped the contrast into my arm. It's been a week and it hurts like heck. I also find my hand hurting really bad. Otherwise my past experiences were fine. I didn't have any reactions to it.

    posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:15 AM by rockarchick

    I just had a CT scan yesterday. Everything with the procedure went fine, the warm sensation, no pain. 
    This morning I woke up with a nasty rash all over my body, including my mouth. I think I would have liked to have been given an information sheet letting me know of the possible side effects. 

    posted @ Friday, June 13, 2014 4:25 PM by Laura

    I'm 27 years old, suffer from coronary aneurysms with two blocked arteries at the moment. I've had many episodes of angina, so I know that pain all too well.  
    I just had my CT scan about 5 hours ago. I never want to endure that pain ever again. First, I felt light headed from the nurse missing my vein for the IV insertion. She fished around until she got it. OK, so I thought that that was the least of my problems. I was called into the room, and once the dye was injected, I felt my heart racing, my chest burning, and my chest was experiencing angina again. This happened both times when the dye was injected. I was shaken up after that and remained in the care of a nurse for a while until the pain went away.  
    I never want to go through that again. I seriously thought that I was having a heart attack.

    posted @ Tuesday, July 08, 2014 1:27 AM by Anh

    I had my 6th cat scan with contrast. First 5 were uneventful. The last one caused my heart to thump and turn over & a dull headache continued the next day.

    posted @ Sunday, August 03, 2014 1:42 PM by Merri

    I have had many MRI and CT scans with and without contrast for a variety of complications due to Lupus. I think that nearly every organ has been checked (brain, liver, kidneys, lungs, etc.). The last time I had a CT scan with contrast, was the first time EVER that I had a reaction. I had a delayed onset reaction after the 5th day. I began having what the dr. called bronchospasms as well as very severe bladder spasms. I suffer from IC (interstitial cystitis). I was given an antihistimine in the a.m. and p.m. for 10 days and also prednisone for 15 days to counter the side effects of the contrast. Just this past Thursday, I was scheduled for yet another CT with contrast of the upper urinary system and took preventative antihistamines as well as steroids on the day of the exam. I also have continued taking the same dose as last time; however the spasms have begun again in the bladder, tightening in the chest, and pulsing in the legs (neuropathy). So, in spite of the best precautions, the side effects can still be very strong. But, the problem is, that the tests are very necessary sometimes and the only way to truly diagnose what is going on. Unfortunately, it is worth the pain sometimes and finding the balance in our bodies all over again!

    posted @ Monday, September 01, 2014 11:04 PM by Christa

    Was in hospital today, CT scan. 2 glasses of barium swallowed, still a little nauseous from that 12 hours later. Also had the IV,warmth, taste, angina, difficulty breathing for 2 minutes. Almost passed out while the scan was going on. 12 hours later woke up from my nap with a bad headache, throat pain, and lots of dilute urination. It should be noted that the IV contrast contains iodine, and traces of free iodine maybe present. Uptake by the thyroid can cause problems, from this your thyroid may be working more than normal causing a type of cholic in the throat. This is why CT screening for thyroid related issues is not recommended when using iodine containing dye. MRI contrasts are different from ct contrast, and do not contain iodine.

    posted @ Sunday, September 14, 2014 11:20 PM by khuram

    I recently had a ct scan with iv contrast and it was AWFUL! I felt a very strong pain when I was being injected the contrast and when I let the lady know she said it was normal, I was about to cry from the pain and she didn't show any concern for me. I didn't really feel the warm feeling in my body just in my lower area like as if I had to pee. Afterward my arm where I was injected felt a bit hot and weird. Later on I a weird deep feeling on the injection site then on the other arm and also later on the joints of my legs that went away after awhile. The worst thing that I believe happened 4 days after, I feel asleep on a trip to the beach and when I woke up I felt likei couldn't breath. Aia forgot to mention that I felt this weird feeling in back of my head. I will never do this again and I will thoroughly search for other people experiances. I wasn't even told of the dangers or possible side effects just that I would be exposed to very low radiation of which I had to ask myself. I advise that if you have this done have someone with you to watch what's going or record the process. Let me know if you had the same e

    posted @ Thursday, October 09, 2014 10:54 PM by allison

    I had contrast for CT scan of kidney 3 days ago and now having constant gas and colon spasms with constant tingling pain in my left hip radiating down my leg. The pain is about a level 7 at times. Very uncomfortable and the gas is nearly constant as well.

    posted @ Monday, November 03, 2014 4:33 AM by Mark

    Had a brain .CT scan with and without , yesterday . Was nervous as I'd never had this type of imagining before. I felt the dye traveling up my arm with a slightly warm sensation and they started the scan, after a short while as the dye travelled through my heart I felt strong palpitations , worrying enoug to have the scan stopped. I was very anxious and scared. But, all returned to normal after a few minutes. I rested at home after and had no further issues..

    posted @ Tuesday, January 27, 2015 6:59 PM by Mkg

    I had MRI of brain today with and without contrast. The injection felt like a pinch. I did feel nauseous for about 10 minutes and then it was over. Overall it wasn't that bad, but my arm is still sore from the injection.

    posted @ Tuesday, June 02, 2015 9:12 PM by Tee

    I read every post on here before going for my first CAT scan yesterday with barium and contrast. Based on some of the experiences shared on this blog, i was very nervous. I have never had an IV and i try to avoid medicine when i can, so agreeing to take this test was a big deal for me. I have never posted on a blog before, but i wanted to share my experience to hopefully alleviate the stress of others. The barium was not exactly a milk shake, but it was tolerable. The contrast did not make me feel strange at all. I did not feel warm all over. I felt a warm sensation a bit in my neck. It was not alarming because the technician explained that this migt happen. It went away very quickly. After, i felt a bit sleepy and weighted, and i had a dull headache, but i am confident that this was because i had not eaten anything or drank my usual coffee, and was full of barium. I also felt a bit nauseous, but again, i believe this was the barium. I went for lunch a couple of hours later and felt much better. Defiitely not worth getting worked up over. The technician told me that she administers 60 of these contrast cat scan procedures a day, and it is a smooth experience for almost everybody. I hope that this makes people feel better before their scans. You have nothing to worry about! Everything will be ok!

    posted @ Tuesday, June 16, 2015 9:04 AM by Nicole g

    While having the radio active dye injected into my arm,the Doctor and nurse ,who were watching my ECG shouted to the nurse that was injecting me to STOP injecting, they then shouted to me to cough ,cough, cough,...they both looked concerned, which panicked me somewhat, after I had coughed, they checked the ECG , and continued with the injection, and then the CT scan,....can anyone please tell me , " what was the reason for their concern, and why was I ordered to cough...??,...I must say it scared me quite a lot, when I asked them both afterwards if I was having a heart attack, the both replied that I was not.... I just need a little more assurance please.....thank you in advance ..... Bob

    posted @ Thursday, July 30, 2015 10:56 PM by Bob Pass

    The most unpleasant part of the procedure for me was laying still. I'm too squirmy, but I managed. The IV wasn't bad at all, and I didn't even feel the warm feeling from the barium or the metallic taste. Overall, it was pretty uneventful. They even gave me a blanket because I was cold. I'm sure the fact that I took a Xanax before helped. 

    posted @ Tuesday, August 11, 2015 10:12 PM by Renee Waldron

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