The most common question the team at Regional One Health’s East Campus Imaging Center fields is the same no matter which test a patient has scheduled.
Will it hurt?
Imaging Center Manager Susan Edwards said imaging is non-invasive with little risk of pain.
“The only time a needle is involved is if you need contrast through an IV, but that’s the only thing that could potentially hurt,” she said. “And you can decline the contrast. The test is maybe not quite as good as it could be, but the doctor can still see things on the image.”
Patients who are sensitive to the contrast can avoid discomfort like hives or itching. “We see very few allergic reactions, and Benadryl or a similar medication usually helps quickly. If you have an allergy, you can pre-medicate with oral Benadryl before the test,” she suggested.
Edwards broke it down test by test so patients know what to expect.