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A 60-year-old female asked:

can stool in the colon obstruct the view or impact the results of a ct scan of the abdomen /pelvis?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Not usually.: Depends upon what one is looking for. The ordering physician and radiologist collaborate to use the proper protocol to get the images they need. Sometimes this requires drinking contrast and/or having contrast injected.
Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 39 years experience
No: Colonic feces should not negatively impact the diagnostic accuracy of a ct abd/pelvis.

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