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Can a pelvic/abdominal CT scan with barium and IV contrast detect back problems and sciatica?

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Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine

In brief: Sciatica work up

Unless you are having problems with your GI tract, a pelvic/Abdominal CT Scan will not detect back problems or sciatica.
CT or MRI of the spine, LS Spine x-ray, or EMG/Nerve Conduction studies are just a few of the tests used to evaluate Sciatica/LBP. Follow up with your PCM or an Orthopedic Surgeon if you are having chronic LBP or Sciatica symptoms. If you have GI tract problems, see a GI Doc.

In brief: Sciatica work up

Unless you are having problems with your GI tract, a pelvic/Abdominal CT Scan will not detect back problems or sciatica.
CT or MRI of the spine, LS Spine x-ray, or EMG/Nerve Conduction studies are just a few of the tests used to evaluate Sciatica/LBP. Follow up with your PCM or an Orthopedic Surgeon if you are having chronic LBP or Sciatica symptoms. If you have GI tract problems, see a GI Doc.
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
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Dr. Phillip Goebel
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Some

The Radiologist will definitely be able to see your spine.
The images from a CT of the abdomen are not formatted specifically to look at the spine however. The test of choice to evaluate sciatica is an MRI.

In brief: Some

The Radiologist will definitely be able to see your spine.
The images from a CT of the abdomen are not formatted specifically to look at the spine however. The test of choice to evaluate sciatica is an MRI.
Dr. Phillip Goebel
Dr. Phillip Goebel
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