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A 43-year-old female asked:

if dr orders a ct scan of abd/pelvic w/contrast an without, i can see it being done with contrast but what's the purpose of having it also without?

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Dr. Shari Jackson
Radiology 21 years experience
Several reasons: Most of the time, IV contrast is all you need for ct a/p. In some cases, it may be necessary to do both (and sometimes delayed images, too) to fully characterize something (e.g., some adrenal nodules, certain kidney or liver problems). There is added radiation each time you scan, so it is worth asking whether it is necessary for your problem. That said, it is common to do multiple phases.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Is there anything that can cause a CT scan not to be able to see my pelvic organs?

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Dr. Eric Chen
Dr. Eric Chen answered
Radiology 11 years experience
CT scans: Ct scans can be very insensitive in evaulating pelvic organs due to the crowded nature of the pelvis, as well as the surrounding bones (the pelvis itself). Mri and ultrasound are better at characterizing the pelvic organs.
Brown City, MI
A 43-year-old female asked:

Dx for CT scan of abd/pelvic with an w/out contrast, not sure why both is needed but shouldnt it be stated if its oral or IV contrast?

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Dr. Michael Finkelstein
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Contrast: It depends on what is being looked for check with your doctor.

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