Some of our body’s most vital organs are found in the abdomen and pelvis regions, including the liver, pancreas and colon. When you experience pain in these areas, computed tomography (CT) scans help determine the source of the problem. At Midstate Radiology Associates, we offer abdominal and pelvic CT scans to discover the underlying issue.
What Is a CT Scan?
Computed tomography (CT) is an imaging procedure that provides radiologists with an internal view of the body’s organs, tissues and bones. CT scans are more detailed than X-rays, so they are often used to detect abnormalities that may not show on the surface level. Early diagnosis can be critical for the treatment of serious conditions like cancer.
Who Should Have This Procedure?
This medical test is commonly used to identify different infections, diseases and irregularities in the abdomen or pelvis. Some of these conditions include:
- Abdominal organ injuries
- Bowel diseases
- Bladder diseases
- Kidney stones
What You Can Expect
To prepare for a CT scan, you’ll be advised to stop eating and drinking for several hours ahead of your appointment. Arrive in loose, comfortable clothes and remove all metal objects from the body. Be sure to inform the technologist of any allergies, pregnancy or medical disorders before the scan.
During the procedure, the patient will lie on an examination table inside a circular-shaped machine, where a rotating scanner takes images of the abdomen or pelvis. It’s important to stay very still during the scan, as even slight movements can interfere with test results.
Does computed tomography for the abdomen or pelvis sound like the right procedure for you? Contact us to make an appointment today!