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Murrells Inlet, SC
A 64-year-old female asked:

Can an abdominal ct scan with contrast see a hernea?

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Dr. Foster Carr
General Practice 33 years experience
Yes: Yes it can but the slices of he scan need be small enough to determine the presence of a small herniation. Ultrasound is probably a faster and cheaper method to evaluate for the hernia.
Dr. William Coutts ii
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Possibly: An abdominal CT examines the abdomen from the belly button up to the bottom of the chest. A pelvic CT examines the body from the belly button to the bottom of the pelvis. The test for the 'abdomen' is generally ordered as CT of the abdomen and pelvis with and /or without contrast. A CT of the abdomen and pelvis should detect a hernia. Sometimes an ultrasound is ordered in addition to and/or instea

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Gilbert, AZ
A 42-year-old female asked:

What can an abdominal CT scan pick up and see?Thnkss

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Dr. Richard Mangus
Transplant Surgery 22 years experience
Best view of abdomen: The abdominal ct is the best quick view of the entire abdominal cavity. It provides a great picture of all organs and the abdominal wall, as well as the spine. This study can see everything from cancer to kidney stones to hernias to vertebral fractures to foreign bodies. Usually, you are given contrast which provides an even better view. Downside, radiation exposure similar to 400-500 x-rays.
Gilbert, AZ
A 42-year-old female asked:

What can an abdominal CT scan see?

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Dr. Gregory Robertson
General Surgery 36 years experience
Too long to list: Ct scan is a form of x-ray in which the radiation source & detectors rotate around the patient as she moves through the plane of the beam. As with all x-rays, it measures different density to the radiation, but the computer takes the raw data and reconstructs cross sectional images like slices of bread. While still limited to differences in density, it can resolve to a few millimeters.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How should I prepare for an abdominal CT scan?

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Dr. Michael McGonigal
General Surgery 39 years experience
Fast and drink prep: You will be asked to fast for several hours beforehand. Then, you will probably be given some flavored contrast to drink, which is a type of dye to make the scans show more detail. You may also need to have an IV inserted to get IV contrast. The exact details will vary based on why the scan was ordered. The radiology department will give you exact instructions for your particular test.

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