You will lie down on a table that will move slowly into the CT scanner. The technologist will help you get into the correct position for the exam, and may use pillows to help you stay still. Depending on the body area the equipment is scanning, the table’s motion may not be noticeable to you. CT scans can take from 5–30 minutes to complete.
Although the technologist will need to go into a control room next to the exam room to perform your scan, you will remain in visual and verbal communication with the technologist at all times. After your scan, you may need to wait on the table while the technologist reviews your images to ensure a quality study.