Prior to lumbar spine CT examination, it is always necessary to consult an orthopedic specialist regarding complaints and examination proposal, because due to radiation exposure, CT examination can only be performed on the basis of a medical indication.
Contrast-free, native CT scan requires no preparation. Do not eat for 6 hours before an examination carried out with contrast agent.
Kidney function laboratory results showing keratin and urea values are also required to perform contrast agent examination.
Prior to a contrast-enhanced CT scan, metformin medications for diabetes should be discontinued 48 hours prior to the study and resumed 48 hours after the study.