What is a CT of the Body? A CT scan of any part of the body is a noninvasive medical exam that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. CT scans are able to reveal greater details and more clarity than a regular x-ray exam. The ability to visualize the organs, bones, and blood vessels in multiple planes is a valuable tool for an accurate diagnosis.
Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis CT imaging is one of the best and most efficient ways to evaluate the Chest, Abdomen, and Pelvis because it provides the ability to see all types of tissue in a cross sectional view. It is often the preferred method for diagnosing many types of cancer, evaluating tumor size, and extent of disease. It is also used for the evaluation of non-specific pain and/or kidney stones.
In many cases it is necessary to use an oral contrast agent when scanning the abdomen and/or pelvis. This allows the physician to visualize the bowel more clearly for possible obstructions and inflammatory diseases. IV iodinated contrast media is often necessary for an accurate evaluation of the arteries and veins. The need for oral and /or IV contrast is determined by the body part being scanned and the reason for the scan. The following is a list of the many reasons that CT of the Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis are done:
abnormal chest x-ray
liver, spleen, pancreas, adrenals
organ size, transplant, & function
kidneys, ureters, bladder
shortness of breath
What Can I Expect?
No solid food 4 hours prior to the exam if oral and/or IV contrast is used.