Abdominal & Pelvic CT Scans
CT scanning combines special X-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. These cross-sectional images of the area being studied can then be examined on a computer monitor, printed or transferred to a CD.
CT scans of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity and reveal more details than regular x-ray exams.
Common Uses of Abdominal CT Scan
This procedure is typically used to help diagnose the cause of abdominal or pelvic pain and diseases of the internal organs, bowel and colon, such as:
- Infections such as appendicitis, diverticulitis, Pyelonephritis or infected fluid collections, aka. abscesses.
- Inflammatory processes such as pancreatitis, liver Cirrhosis or inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.
- Cancers of the colon, liver, kidneys, pancreas and Bladder as well as lymphoma.
- Kidney and bladder stones.
- Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) and other diseases of the vessels such as blood clots and abnormal narrowings or stenoses of the vessels.
CT scanning of the abdomen/pelvis is also performed to:
- Quickly identify injuries to the liver, spleen, kidneys or other internal organs in cases of trauma.
- 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 or gastric bypass.
- Stage, plan and properly administer radiation treatments for tumors as well as monitor response to chemotherapy.