About CT Abdomen/Pelvis
A specialized, computer guided procedure performed to look at the anatomy of the abdomen and pelvis.
In addition to routine imaging, our state-of-the-art multi-detector scanners allow us to perform a wide range of more complex examinations, such as multiphase studies of the liver, kidneys, or pancreas.
What to Expect
The procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes. Sometimes an injection of dye is given to help see the blood vessels and finer structures of the abdomen and pelvis.
What are Some of the Common Uses?
CT scanning of the abdomen and pelvis is typically used to:
- Help diagnose the cause of abdominal or pelvic pain and disease of the internal organs, bowel and colon
- Find infections such as appendicitis, diverticulitis or infected fluid collections (abscesses)
- Identify inflammatory processes such as pancreatitis, pyelonephritis or inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease
- Identify cancers of the kidney, colon, liver, pancreas and bladder as well as lymphoma
- Guide biopsies and other procedures such as abscess drainages and minimally invasive tumor treatments
- Plan for and assess the results of surgery
- Stage, plan and properly administer radiation treatments for tumors
How Should I Prepare for the Exam?
Most abdominal and pelvic CT studies require patients to drink contrast material to fill out the bowel. Specific instructions regarding where to pick-up the oral contrast and when to drink it will be available when scheduling the exam
After the test drink more fluids to help get rid of both the dye and oral contrast.
How Will I Learn the Results?
A specialized body imaging radiologist will review and analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician, who will discuss the results with you.
For More Information
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 888.364.6400.