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Can I eat and drink before a computerized tomography (CT) scan?

Please do not eat solid foods for four hours prior to your computerized tomography (CT) appointment. You may drink clear liquids (black coffee/tea, broth, water, or juice) prior to your CT scan. If your exam includes the administration of intravenous (IV) contrast medium, do not drink anything within four hours of your exam (except for small sips of water with your medications.)

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