can a ct scan properly diagnosis a hernia or abdominal pain?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 13 years experience
Sometimes: Like any test, a ct scan is incomplete without a history and physical exam from a patient. Most of the time the story from the patient narrows the causes of abdominal pain considerably. Often the ct is used to *confirm* a diagnosis. Abdominal pain has so many causes that a ct scan alone is typically not sufficient for any useful diagnosis.
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Can be helpfun : Ct is good looking at structural objects in the abdomen but unless the hernia is through the wall or bulging into it they may not see it at all. Looking for the source of pain is always frustrating with a ct but it can reassure that organs like the ovaries, pancreas and kidneys and other organs are looking normal. It looks a macro structure not on a cellular basis though. It is valuable as workup.
Last updated Jul 22, 2019
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