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If contrast dye was used during your procedure, you may be monitored for a period of time for any side effects or reactions to the contrast dye, such as itching, swelling, rash, or difficulty breathing.
If you notice any pain, redness, and/or swelling at the IV site after you return home following your procedure, you should notify your doctor as this could indicate an infection or other type of reaction.
If you are given contrast by mouth, you may experience diarrhea after the procedure.
Otherwise, there is no special type of care required after a CT scan of the chest. You may resume your usual diet and activities unless your physician advises you differently.
Your doctor may give you additional or alternate instructions after the procedure, depending on your particular situation.
Bring a family member or friend with you if you need to wait for examination results. They can help support you during and after the examination. They can also drive you home if you have sedative medicine during the examination. If you do take sedative medication, you cannot drive yourself.
This is a room where your family can wait until your CT scan is done. If your family leaves, ask them to leave a phone number where they can be reached. When it is time for you to go home, someone will need to drive you home if you had sedative medicine. Do not drive home alone.