CT of Abdomen and/or Pelvis

What is a CT of abdomen and/or pelvis?

A computed tomography (CT) scan is a noninvasive exam that, compared with a standard X-ray, provides enhanced clarity and detail. In some cases, IV iodinated contrast media may be a necessary part of the test. Learn more about CT scans of the abdomen and/or pelvis.

Where is the Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center located?

We are located on the north side of the Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto campus.

Where should I park?

Park in the lot by the Outpatient Diagnostics/Cancer Center/Women's Center entrance. This parking lot is located on the north side of campus. View a map of the campus.

What entrance should I use?

Enter the hospital through the Outpatient Diagnostics/Cancer Center/Women's Center entrance. View a map of the campus.

What do I need to bring?

Bring a photo ID, your insurance card, and your co-pay (if required).

How should I prepare?

  • Because of radiation exposure, it is vital that you tell us if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are a nursing mother.
  • Do not eat any solid food for four hours before the exam.
  • If IV iodinated contrast is needed and you are allergic to the iodinated contrast media, please contact your physician for a prescription for our pre-medication preparation.

What should I expect at my exam appointment?

  • Please allow at least an hour for admissions and testing.
  • After you have been admitted, a technologist will bring you a bottle of water that also contains oral contrast media. You will need to drink the entire bottle of water. After that, you will need to wait approximately 45 minutes for the contrast media to make its way through your stomach, small intestines, and large bowel.
  • A technologist will invite you to the CT suite and ask you a series of screening questions before your test.
  • If your test has been ordered with iodinated contrast, the technologist will start an IV for the injection of the iodinated contrast media and may perform a creatinine lab test to check your kidney functions. You will then be asked to remove any metal (jewelry, clothing with metal fastenings, etc.) within the area to be scanned.
  • During the scan, the technologist may ask you to hold your breath for 10–20 seconds at a time to help produce sharp, clear images.
  • The scan should be completed within 15 minutes. Afterward, the technologist will remove the IV.

What happens after the exam?

If you drank oral contrast, which is designed to travel quickly through your bowel, it is not unusual to experience a loose stool or diarrhea.

How will I get my results?

A radiologist will interpret the images, write a report, and deliver the results to your doctor via our internal computer system.

Where do I call if I need more information?

If you need any other information, call us at 662-772-3128 between the hours of 8 a.m – 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto

Address
7601 Southcrest Parkway
Southaven, MS 38671

Phone
662-772-4000

Email
info.desoto@bmhcc.org

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