An abdominal CT scan uses X-rays to take detailed images of a patient’s organs, blood vessels, lymph nodes, and bones in the abdominal cavity. The resulting cross-sectional images can be combined by a computer to create 3-D representations, allowing our radiologist to view internal organs from various angles and in greater detail. These 3-D images provide flexibility and assist in diagnosis.
Reasons for an Abdomen CT Scan
Your doctor may order a CT scan of the abdomen to examine organs in the gastrointestinal, urinary, and endocrine systems. These organs include the liver, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, bladder, stomach, intestines (small or large), adrenal glands, and other structures in your abdominal cavity.
Examining these internal organs can help your doctor assess:
- Unexplained abdominal pain
- Possible tumors
- Kidney stones
- Infections and inflammatory processes such as appendicitis
- Traumatic injury
Abdomen and Pelvis CT (Combined Scan)
Sometimes your doctor may order a combined abdomen and pelvis CT exam for a total assessment of a specific system – gastrointestinal, endocrine, etc. Some organs span the abdominal and pelvic regions; therefore, it is logical to image respective systems in their entirety.
During an abdominal CT scan, you will be moved into the scanner feet-first, lying on your back.
An abdominal CT scan lasts 60 minutes; you will be in the CT department for approximately 50 minutes.
Being prepared for your abdomen CT scan helps us take the best possible images for diagnosis. Please visit our exam prep page for more instructions specific to abdominal CT preparation.