Computer Tomography (CT) Procedure Preps

Follow the directions below to get your child ready for their test. If you do not follow the directions, we will have to reschedule your child’s visit.

Sedation (sleep medicine)

If your child will be sedated (sleep medicine) for the test, you should receive a phone call one day to three days before to the test. We will:

  • Remind you of your child’s visit
  • Make sure you get the eating and drinking directions before the test

Follow these directions if your child is being sedated:

Six hours before the test—No milk, formula, solid food or orange juice. Your child can have clear liquids, such as water, Gatorade, broth and Jell-O without fruit.

Four hours before the test—No breast milk. Your child can have clear liquids, such as water, Gatorade, broth and Jell-O without fruit.

Two hours before the test—Do not eat or drink

Other instructions:

  • Medicine: Give your child any normal medicines with a small sip of water
  • If your child is not having sedation but is receiving contrast, he may not eat or drink two hours prior to the test.

 Preparación para una Tomografía axial computarizada en espanol