CT (computed tomography) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of
your body and structures inside your body. A CT
scan of the abdomen (belly) can give your doctor information
about your liver, pancreas, kidneys, and other structures in your
During the test, you will lie on a table that
is attached to the CT scanner. The CT scanner is a large doughnut-shaped
A CT scan of the belly can help find problems such as
kidney stones, infected pouches in the colon (diverticulitis),
and appendicitis. It also helps find tumours and abscesses.
Talk to your doctor about all your
health conditions before the test. For example, tell your doctor if:
You may be asked to not eat any solid foods starting the
night before your scan.
Watch closely for
changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a
list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have
your test results.
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Current as of:
October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
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