Why do you have to drink water before a CT scan?

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asked Mar 1, 2020 in Other- Health by gardiniablue (300 points)
Why do you have to drink water before a CT scan?

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answered Mar 2, 2020 by klackholes89 (550 points)
The reason you need to or have to drink water before a CT scan is that the water fills your bladder which helps it show up on the CT scan.

Also the water hydrates you which is also needed to help with the CT scan results turning out properly.

You will also need to stop eating for 2 hours before the CT scan as well.

When going in for a CT scan it's best to wear loose fitting clothing that is comfortable for you.

If you normally wear any metal or other Jewelry, dentures, hairpins and eyeglasses those can affect the CT scan so take the Jewelry and eyeglasses off or leave what you can of those at home.

Also you'll be given some dye before the CT scan which is usually harmless and safe for most people.

The dye used for CT scans is safe for most people.

The dye that is used for CT scans is iodine based and as long as the patient has no other health issues such as kidney issues, bladder issues etc then the Iodine based dye used for CT scans should pose no health issue.

I've had the dye for CT scans put into myself before for a CT scan a few different times and nothing bad has happened to me.

There are some risk though but for most people who go in for a CT scan can safely have the dye put into them without any issues.

The doctor should let you know all the risks associated with the dye that is used for CT scans but if you don't have kidney disease or other kidney problems etc then it's usually safe to have the CT scans done with the dye put inside you.

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