CT Scan of the Abdomen Side Effects and Warnings
Side Effects and Warnings
Sometimes a chemical (called contrast) is used to help improve the pictures. Complications with contrast are rare. If you are planning to have a CT scan with contrast, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Allergic reaction
- Kidney failure
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the test.
A CT scan may not be advised if you are pregnant. Talk to your doctor.
#Call Your Doctor
If you are given contrast, call your doctor if any of the following occurs after the test:
- Swollen, itchy eyes
- Tightness of throat
- Difficulty breathing
In case of emergency, call 911.