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What is a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis?

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A CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis is a type of scan that uses special equipment to take pictures from different angles. These pictures are fed into a computer, which combines them to produce a series of cross sections or slices through the part of the pelvis being scanned. This creates a very detailed image of the abdomen and pelvis

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Why might my doctor recommend a CT of my abdomen and pelvis?

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Your doctor might recommend a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis to help detect or rule out several conditions, including:

  • Cysts
  • Abscesses
  • Infection
  • Tumors
  • Aneurysms
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Foreign objects
  • Bleeding into the abdominal cavity
  • Diverticulitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Appendicitis
  • Cancer in the abdominal organs or lymph nodes.
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How should I prepare for my CT abdomen/pelvis?

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To prepare for a CT scan we recommend you dress comfortably. Also, avoid any clothing that contains metal objects such as, snaps and zippers that can affect the CT image. You will not be asked to wear a gown unless the technician feels your clothing could affect the results of the scan. Depending on your individual scan, you may be asked to drink contrast before you arrive. Contrast material is a dye that makes your organs and blood vessels more visible when you are scanned. After the scan you should drink plenty of liquids to help flush the contrast out of your system.