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Computed Tomography (CT) Colonography

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You will now be shown back to the waiting room. We recommend that you spend some time in the toilet to get rid of as much of the carbon dioxide gas and any retained fluid as possible. Deep breathing will also help in removing some of the carbon dioxide gas in your system.

Once you are dressed a member of staff will show back to our waiting room. You are now free to leave the department. You may now start eating and drinking as normal, although we do advise that you only have a light meal to start with.

You should not experience any after affects from this procedure. However, should you experience any severe pains or prolonged discomfort in your abdomen after you have left the Hospital you should attend your local emergency department, explaining that you have recently had a CT colonography procedure.

You may experience some loose stools for the next 12-24 hours. It is important you continue to drink fluids to remain hydrated. If you experience persistent vomiting or diarrhoea please contact the CT department or out of hours GP.


Once the images obtained from this procedure have been analysed a full report will be forwarded to the team/consultant who have/has referred you for this procedure. They will discuss the results with you and organise your follow up appointment.

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Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital campus. For advice and support in quitting, contact your GP or the free NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

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Cambridge University Hospitals
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