CT is commonly used to study the chest, abdomen and pelvis because it provides more detailed information than a routine X-Ray.  A board-certified radiologist is able to detect several conditions in the internal organs that will aid in the diagnosis and treatment of an illness.  Many cancers such as lung, liver, and pancreatic are detected on a CT Scan and the cross-sectional images allow the radiologist to confirm if a tumor exists, measure the size of a tumor, detect the exact location, and to identify any surrounding tissues that may be involved. Early detection of a tumor can aid your physician in treatment options and planning.  Frequently, CT is performed in conjunction with the intravenous administration of iodinated contrast as well as the ingestion of oral contrast. The intravenous contrast is a clear fluid that allows better visualization of the body’s internal organs. The oral contrast outlines the gastrointestinal system. 

Watch a video of a coronal reconstruction of the abdomen and pelvis.

Watch a video of a routine CT abdomen and pelvis.

CT scanning can also be used to guide procedures such as the biopsy of lung, liver, lymph nodes, kidneys, pancreas, etc as well as to aspirate or drain infected or non-infected fluid collections in the abdomen and pelvis.

Your physician will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for your CT Scan.  Please inform your physician of any medications you are taking as well as any allergies you may have, especially an allergy to iodine.  Also inform your physician regarding a recent illness or other medical conditions.

Women should inform their physician if they are pregnant, or if there is any possibility they may be pregnant.

Radiation Dose: Special care is taken during X-Ray examinations to use of the lowest radiation dose possible while producing the best images for evaluation.