A pelvic CT scan uses X-rays to take horizontal and vertical images of the hip bones and organs in the pelvic region. A computer processes these cross-sectional images and creates 3-D representations that our radiologists can view from various angles. Typically, pelvic CT scans focus on the bladder, prostate, lymph nodes, pelvic bones, and reproductive systems.
Reasons for a Pelvic CT Scan
Your doctor may order a pelvic CT to examine the pelvic region, including major reproductive organs, bones, muscles, and more. Analyzing essential structures in the pelvic area can help your doctor look for:
- The cause of pelvic pain
- Fractures or tumors
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Bladder stones
Abdomen and Pelvis Scan (Combined CT)
Occasionally, your doctor may order a combined abdomen and pelvis CT scan for a comprehensive assessment of a system of interest. Abdo-pelvic CT scans cover the reproductive, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems. Since some organs reside in both the abdominal and pelvic regions, it is common to image both regions in their entirety.
During a pelvic CT scan, you will be moved into the scanner feet-first, on your back.
Pelvic CT scans last approximately 30 minutes.
Being prepared for your pelvic CT scan helps us take the best possible images for diagnosis. Please visit our exam prep page for more instructions specific to pelvic CT preparation.