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How long does a computed tomography (CT) scan take?

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  • Most computed tomography (CT) scans take no longer than 30 minutes although additional time may be needed to set up an intravenous line and adjust positioning. Some patients will be asked to arrive one hour ahead of time so that the barium mixture they drink will reach and outline the gastrointestinal tract. During the exam, the technologist monitors the patient through a leaded window and can answer the patient's questions via an intercom.
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