Would Megacolon be seen on abdominal/pelvic CT scan with contrast and barium sulfate?

Yes, ... Megacolon is suspected in patients with constipation of very long duration, abdominal bloating +/- pain, palpable fecal mass; this is chronic. At times, it can be acute & toxic. Imaging studies of CT scan with/without contrast + barium sulfate confirmed the diagnosis. For future events of health concern, follow the instruction in articles listed in http://www.formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html.

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If I'm going to have a cat scan w/o and then w/ contrast, why would I have to drink barium sulfate the night before? Wouldn't that mean it's only w/?

Contrast defined. Contrast can mean intravenous (IV) to help define the blood vessels, or contrast like you are talking about where you ingest a solution that outlines parts of your body - in your case barium to outline your GI tract. If they want to see the parts of your GI tract further down the line, you need to drink it night before. The with/without in your case is likely referring to the IV contrast. Read more...
See answer. Cat scans are often performed with both oral contrast (which you drink before the exam) to opacify the GI tract and IV contrast to opacify the vascular structures and enhance various soft tissues. Read more...

Is it possible to have a CT scan of abdomen/pelvis that does not require me to ingest barium? My doc says I can but radiology dept. Says I can't.

Ct. This is an issue that has been debated for past 10 years. If you are concerned for kidney stone noncontrast study of choice. I know there is literature advocating no contrast, but I find most radiologist prefer contrast. It does help to define structures. Read more...

When you have a CT scan why do you need to drink barium sulfate suspension?

Gastrograffin. You do not drink barium for a ct scan, only fluoroscopy exams. Barium is too dense for ct. For a ct you drink gastrograffin in order to highlight the bowel and allow differentiation between bowel and other structures. Read more...