Chest, Abdomen & Pelvis

CT imaging is one of the most efficient ways to evaluate the Chest, Abdomen, and Pelvis because it provides the ability to see all types of tissue in a cross sectional view. It's often the preferred method for diagnosing many types of cancer, evaluating tumor size, and extent of disease. It is also used to evaluate non-specific pain and/or kidney stones.

Many times it is necassary to use an oral contrast agent when scanning the abdomen and/or pelvis. The contrast allows our radiologists to visualize the bowel more clearly for possible obstructions and inflammatory diseases. IV iodinated contrast media is often necassary for an accurate evaluation of the arteries and veins. The need for oral and/or IV contrast is determined by the body part being scanned and the reason for the exam.

Exam Preparation

  • No food or drink the night before your exam.
  • If you have an allergy to the IV iodinated contrast media you may need to be pre-medicated. Please consult your physician.
  • CT of the Abdomen and Pelvis often requires an oral contrast. We ask that you pick up the oral contrast the day before your exam. Drink half the oral contrast the night before and the other half the morning of the exam. Exception would be a CT Stone Protocol. (Please let us know if you cannot pick up the barium in advance. We will usually tell you to come to the office two hours before the exam to begin drinking the barium.)

All patients should remember to bring the following with them to their appointment:

  1. Prescription
  2. Picture ID (identification)
  3. Insurance card(s)

CT Abdomen & Pelvis

CT Abdomen & Pelvis
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