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Download PDF Patient BrochureWhat is an Abdominal/Pelvic CT Scan?
CT imaging of the abdomen and/or pelvis is used for diagnosing diseases and disorders of the digestive system organs, gastrointestinal (GI) tract, urinary system, spleen, pancreas, and appendix. It also locates or confirms the presence of tumors and can identify the source of abdominal pain or distress. Arteries and vessels can be imaged to diagnose vascular disorders that can lead to stroke, heart attack, or kidney failure.

How should I prepare for a CT Abdomen or CT Abdomen/Pelvis Scan?
  • Do not eat or drink 2 hours prior to the exam.
  • You will need to drink oral contrast (barium) 1 hour prior to the exam (followed by 16 ounces of water if a CT Pelvis is also ordered. Do not empty your bladder).
  • Oral contrast may be picked up at Radiology Group and began at home, or you may arrive early to drink it at our office.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Metal objects can affect the image, so avoid clothing with zippers and snaps.
  • Inform your doctor or Radiologic Technologist if there is any possibility you are pregnant.
  • If you have previous scans of the same area being imaged for your exam, please bring these with you.

CT scanWhat will the exam be like?
You will lie on a firm table that slowly moves inside the donut-shaped CT scanner. The table will move into the open center of the donut as the x-rays are being taken. In order to obtain the best images possible, you will be asked to lie very still during the scanning and you may have to hold your breath for brief periods.

A CT examination of the stomach and gastrointestinal (GI) tract may require contrast to be swallowed or administered rectally in order to obtain the best image possible for a diagnosis. Depending on your symptoms and the area of body being scanned, intravenous (IV) contrast may be given to more clearly identify specific blood vessels and urinary system. It should be noted that you may receive more than one type of contrast during your examination. You will be provided details and instructions at the time you schedule your appointment.

You will be alone in the room during the scan, however, the Radiologic Technologist can see, hear and speak with you at all times.

How long will the exam take?
A CT examination usually takes five minutes to 15 minutes. When the exam is completed you may be asked to wait until the Radiologist determines if more images are required.
CT abdomen and pelvis
Who interprets the results and how do I get them?
A Radiologist (a medical doctor specializing in diagnosing disease and injury using medical imaging technology) analyzes and interprets your exam within 24 hours. He/she dictates a Report of the findings and sends it to your physician. Your physician's office will inform you of your results. Due to the number of patients your physician serves, it may be 7 to 10 days before he/she is prepared to respond to your Report. To reduce waiting time, if you have previous scans of the same area being imaged for your exam, please bring these with you.

Will my insurance cover the exam?
It is not possible for our office to determine individual coverage. Coverage for imaging tests is variable and depends on your insurance carrier, your plan, any exclusions, and sometimes the reasons for the examination. Prior to undergoing any imaging test, please call the number on the back of your insurance card to determine if it will be covered.

Who do I call if I have questions?
Contact us at (563) 359-3931

Links
CT patient brochure (PDF)
www.radiologyinfo.com



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