CT of Abdomen and/or Pelvis

What is a computed tomography (CT) scan?

A computed tomography (CT) scan is a noninvasive exam that, compared with a standard X-ray, provides enhanced clarity and detail.

Why has my physician ordered this exam?

By providing clear images of your organs, blood vessels, and bones, CT exams can help your physician make a diagnosis. They also assist in establishing the presence and extent of disease.

A CT scan of your abdomen and/or pelvis can help your physician evaluate:

  • Localized, unidentified pain
  • Kidney stones
  • Tumor size
  • Cancer

In some cases, oral liquid and/or IV iodinated contrast media may be a necessary part of the test. Contrast media can help ensure accurate assessment of veins and arteries. In addition, it can improve visualization of the bowel, thereby helping your doctor see inflammatory disease or obstructions.

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