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Exams of the Abdomen and Pelvis
Computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen and pelvis is a diagnostic imaging test used to help detect diseases of the small bowel, colon, and other internal organs and is often used to determine the cause of unexplained pain. CT scanning is fast, painless, noninvasive and accurate. In emergency cases, it can reveal internal injuries and bleeding quickly enough to help save lives.
What is CT Scanning of the Abdomen/Pelvis?
Computed tomography (CT) scans, like traditional x-rays, produces multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. The cross-sectional images generated during a CT scan can be reformatted in multiple planes and can generate three-dimensional images. These images can be viewed on a computer monitor, printed on film or transferred to a DVD or digital storage drive.
CT images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels typically provide greater detail than traditional x-rays, particularly of soft tissues and blood vessels.
What are some common uses of the procedure?
This procedure is typically used to help diagnose the cause of abdominal or pelvic pain and diseases of the internal organs, small bowel, and colon, such as:
- infections such as appendicitis, pyelonephritis or infected fluid collections, also known as abscesses, inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, pancreatitis or liver cirrhosis.
- cancers of the liver, kidneys, pancreas, ovaries, and bladder as well as lymphoma.
- kidney and bladder stones.
- abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), injuries to abdominal organs such as the spleen, liver, kidneys or other internal organs in cases of trauma.
CT scanning of the abdomen/pelvis is also performed to:
- guide biopsies and other procedures such as abscess drainages and minimally invasive tumor treatments
- plan for and assess the results of surgery, such as organ transplants.
- stage, plan and properly administer radiation treatments for tumors as well as monitor response to chemotherapy.
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