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What will barium cat scan show of pelvis/ abdomen?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Solid/hollow organs

Barium outlines GI tract; IV contrast helps outline solid organs.
Expect to get views of stomach, duodenum, small bowel, colon, rectum; liver, spleen, , gall bladder/bile ducts, pancreas, adrenals, kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate or uterus, tubes, ovaries, vagina, lymph nodes, arteries, veins, assorted muscles. Generally get a view of diaphragm, lower lungs, pleura, spine, pelvis. More stuff.

In brief: Solid/hollow organs

Barium outlines GI tract; IV contrast helps outline solid organs.
Expect to get views of stomach, duodenum, small bowel, colon, rectum; liver, spleen, , gall bladder/bile ducts, pancreas, adrenals, kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate or uterus, tubes, ovaries, vagina, lymph nodes, arteries, veins, assorted muscles. Generally get a view of diaphragm, lower lungs, pleura, spine, pelvis. More stuff.
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: All pelvis & abdomen

All structures from diaphragm to groin will be visualized by a contrast ct scan.
Consuming oral contrast distinguishes gut from surrounding structures; IV contrast better delineates solid organs. Even blood flow, neurologic impingement, hernias, etc. Are made apparent by ct, typically to a resolution of about 5mm.

In brief: All pelvis & abdomen

All structures from diaphragm to groin will be visualized by a contrast ct scan.
Consuming oral contrast distinguishes gut from surrounding structures; IV contrast better delineates solid organs. Even blood flow, neurologic impingement, hernias, etc. Are made apparent by ct, typically to a resolution of about 5mm.
Dr. Charles Cattano
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