Today, I’m having a 3-D CT scan of my neck. Upon my arrival at the imaging center, I was informed that my CT scan would be performed with contrast.
This really came as a surprise, since I had looked up this test online, via my MyChart account. This account very clearly stated that I was to receive a CT scan without contrast.
This is highly problematic, since I had a very severe allergic reaction to iodine/ivp contrast dye when I received a CT neck scan, back in 2002. At the time, it was ordered because of what was presumed to be a severe asthmatic attack. More than four years later, I would be accurately diagnosed with having developed a subglottic stenosis.
Consequently, each time that I receive a CT scan with contrast, I need to pre-medicate with both prednisone and benadryl, according to a specified protocol. It would prove fatal for me to have a scan without doing so.
Thankfully, they’ve decided to do today’s CT scan without contrast dye. I’m very relieved that I don’t need to reschedule this test, but I’m concerned about the quality of the images that will be obtained. I was informed that they will be acceptable.
The CT scan itself only took two minutes to complete. I requested a CD of my images, since I assume that my doctor at the Cleveland Clinic will wish to review my imaging results.