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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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Is no news good news with an abdominal CT scan?

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Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
May not be. : Please make sure work up of your problem continues if you are still having symptoms. No test is perfect.
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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.
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What happens during a three phase abdominal CT scan?

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Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 years experience
Tri-phasic CT: Tri-phasic ct scans are used to evaluate the structure, the blood vessels and the nature of the organs. The three phases are: 1) before the intravenous contrast is given; 2) the arterial phase, when the dye is given rapidly as an injection, the effect is that it goes to the heart as a bolus and then to the aorta as a bolus, like an arteriogram; 3) the venous phase or equilibration phase.
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Does an abdominal CT scan show polyps?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Sometimes: But not usually. Polyps are usually too small, and ct scan does not distend colon adequately. Best test for colon polyps is colonoscopy by gastroenterologist.

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