A 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 belly.
During the test, you will lie on a table that is attached to the CT scanner. The CT scanner is a large doughnut-shaped machine.
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 problems.
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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