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Does an abdominal ct scan show your aorta?

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Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 24 years experience
Yes: The abdominal aorta will be shown on an abdominal ct.
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 28 years experience
YES: The aorta is the major artery arising from the heart. It has two main components the thoracic and abdominal segments. The abdominal aorta would be seen on CT scan of the abdomen. But, the thoracic segment would not.

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A 34-year-old female asked:

Would an abdominal CT scan see the aorta?

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YES: Both with and without contrast
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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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.

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