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Ordering a CT Scan

UVA Imaging performs CT scans on patients without a known contrast dye allergy.

Orders entered into the University of Virginia's Epic EMR are available for UVA Imaging.

UVA Imaging also accepts orders on any legal order form; however, please do not fax orders written on a prescription pad, as faxing will raise the void watermark invalidating the order.  

CT Ordering Guide

UVA Imaging provides a   CT Anatomical Ordering Guide (PDF) to provide you with detailed information regarding specific CT exams. 

Oral Contrast

Patients whose Abdomen/Pelvis CT exam is indicated for the following diagnosis will be mailed the oral contrast (provided that the CT exam is scheduled at least two weeks out) so they may being dosing at home:

  • Appendicitis Crohn's Disease
  • Colon Cancer Diverticulitis
  • Ovarian Cancer Rectal Cancer
  • Right Lower Quadrant Abdominal Pain

The prescription for Readi-cat may be given to the patient to be filled at the UVA pharmacy if less than two weeks are allowed before the CT exam is scheduled.

Clear Liquids

Patients may have only clear liquids* 4hrs prior to the following studies:

  • Abdomen 
  • Abdomen & Pelvis
  • Adrenals
  • Chest
  • Chest/Abdomen/Pelvis
  • Extremities/Joints
  • Head/Brain/Neck
  • IAC
  • IVP
  • Osseous Pelvis
  • Pelvis
  • Pituitary
  • Renal
  • Sinus
  • Spine
  • Stone Protocol
  • Triphasic Liver 

Clear Liquids* Water, Coffee or tea (No dairy), Soda, Apple Juice (No citrus juices)


UVA:  Please call 3-0321 / (434) 243-0321 to schedule.

Community Providers: Please call (434) 243-2700 to schedule.  Please fax orders to (434) 244-9408

Prior to scheduling an appointment, we will confirm that we have received the order.

How to Obtain Reports

Imaging Reports may be viewed in Epic.

Non-UVA Referring Physicians receive reports via an automated fax service and online through EpicCare Link.

Provider Access Line

Provider Access Line: (434) 924-9400 Option #8

Our specialized radiologists work onsite at UVA facilities and are available for consult.