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When you have a CT scan why do you need to drink barium sulfate suspension?

Gastrograffin. You do not drink barium for a ct scan, only fluoroscopy exams. Barium is too dense for ct. For a ct you drink gastrograffin in order to highlight the bowel and allow differentiation between bowel and other structures. Read more...

If I'm going to have a cat scan w/o and then w/ contrast, why would I have to drink barium sulfate the night before? Wouldn't that mean it's only w/?

Contrast defined. Contrast can mean intravenous (IV) to help define the blood vessels, or contrast like you are talking about where you ingest a solution that outlines parts of your body - in your case barium to outline your GI tract. If they want to see the parts of your GI tract further down the line, you need to drink it night before. The with/without in your case is likely referring to the IV contrast. Read more...
See answer. Cat scans are often performed with both oral contrast (which you drink before the exam) to opacify the GI tract and IV contrast to opacify the vascular structures and enhance various soft tissues. Read more...

I have to drink barium sulfate for a CT and will have an IV with something else in it, for a CT on my abdomen, will I be able to breast feed after ct?

Ok. Barium sulfate taken by mouth is not a problem. Iv contrast should not be a problem either; however there are many different IV contrast agents. Ask the radiologist if the agent they are giving is considered safe for nursing mothers. Read more...