A CT (computed tomography) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of structures inside your child's body. A CT scan of the abdomen (belly) can give your doctor information about your child's liver, pancreas, intestines, kidneys, and other structures in the belly.
During the test, your child will lie on a table that is attached to the CT scanner. The CT scanner is a large doughnut-shaped machine. The table will move in and out of the centre of the machine during the scan.
If you are not pregnant, you can stay in the room with your child during the test. You will wear an apron that protects your body from X-rays.
A CT scan can help find what's causing pain or fever or a mass in the belly. It can also show how severe an injury is. Your doctor may order a CT scan if an earlier ultrasound test didn't show enough detail about the cause of the problem.
Talk to your doctor about all your child's health conditions before the test. For example, tell your doctor if:
You may be asked not to give your child any solid food starting the night before the scan.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Current as of:
February 19, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
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