CAT Scan of the Abdomen and Pelvis

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Patient Instructions 

St. Mary's Regional Medical Center
Dept. of Imaging Services


A CT of the abdomen and pelvis with contrast may require the use of  both oral and IV contrast so that good images can be obtained.  (If you have a computer, you may want to read more about this type of exam on the RadiologyInfo website.)

If you are 70 years old or older, a Creatinine lab test will need to be done BEFORE your CT exam. This creatinine test should also be done if you have a history of high blood pressure or kidney disease. (Test results within 30 days prior to your CT appointment are acceptable). 

If you have diabetes and taking any of the metformin formulas listed below, please do not take the morning dose on the day of your CT exam.



Brand Name Generic Name 
1. Actoplus MET pioglitazone/metformin
2. Avandamet                 rosiglitazone/metformin
3. Fortamet  metformin
4. Glucophage metformin
5. Glucophage XR  metformin
6. Glucovance glyburide/metformin
7. Glumetza metformin
8. Janumet sitagliptin/metformin
9. Metaglip glipizide/metformin
10. Riomet metformin
11. PrandiMet repaglinide/metformin
12. Jentadueto linagliptin/metformin
13. Kombiglyze XR saxagliptin/metformin
14. Kazano alogliptin/metformin



Here are the steps to follow before your exam:

Suggestion: Use water with Crystal Light dissolved in it. (orange or lemon flavor)




Revised 3/27/13 DMK