Colon2007 wrote:He always feels sick after a CT scan.It sounds like too much I thought you have to drink one bottle before maybe 2-4 hours before then one just before. It all sounds too much. Barium brings the rays of the CT closer to the body to see for cancer but i think they give him more instead of saying take the first one at 6am, then the next one when you come in at 9 or 10. My husband wouldnt mind waiting an hour rather than drinking that much the night before. Have you all had this for your normal CT checkups? Please I don't know what we should do!
Monica, you need to talk to your radiology department and explain the issue and ask them for their alternative plan/drink. Every lab is different, but they all have a backup plan for patients who can't tolerate their standard stuff.
I've been low carbing for nearly 6 1/2 years (wow, that sounds like forever when I type it!) Anyway, I won't put that much sugar and carbs into my body, and I don't it well at all. The banana drink made me sick almost instantly. Then I heard the receptionist order the 'diabetic drink' for a patient and asked her what was in that one. It's a liter of raspberry crystal light, into which the barium is diluted...and you really only have to drink about half of it plus the injection they give you to get a good scan. Now I specifically request the diabetic drink at my local oncologist's imaging center; it's the standard drink offered at MSKCC, so I don't have to ask for it special.
I also have to be NPO for two hours prior to the scans at MSKCC, and arrive to drink the stuff an hour in advance. Locally, I think it's the same but I haven't had a scan locally since January and I've kind of forgotten their routine.
In any case, what is done in other places isn't relevant if the place doing your husband's scan has a different protocol. You need to call them, explain the problems and your concerns, and ask what to do.
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