Can the small intestine be examined with an abdominal CT scan?

Small intestine is . Difficult to image with any modality, but regular ct is not enough. Small bowel contrast study, capsule study, and enterography are options, but sometimes surgical exploration is required for accurate diagnosis.
Imaging. Both imaging tests will give useful information. Your team of docs may be looking for specific information to evaluate your case for a particular diagnosis. Okay to ask your team why one test is preferred over the other. Okay to understand what diagnosis is being considered.

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What can a small bowel follow-through show that an abdominal CT scan cannot?

Transit time. This exam demonstrates the small bowel in detail and demonstrates the time it takes for the barium to get through the bowel. This test can also demonstrate anomalies, fistulas, leaks and blockages. Read more...

I did an abdominal CT scan and one of the things it showed was degenerative bone changes. What can cause this in a young adult? I'm only 26.

Relax. In the abscence of a family history of a bone disorder, the report of "degenerative changes" on an xray study often indicates the wear and tear we all place on our spine and pelvic weight bearing bones. If there are additional symptoms, such as localized pain, then a physician visit is in order. Read more...
Several Factors. I imagine that such changes were noted in the spine and/or hips? Overuse of the involved joint from repeated heavy lifting , prior injury to a joint, or overloading of the joint (obesity) can result in the early appearance of degenerative changes. Read more...
Do not worry. Wear and tear on our bodies happens all of the time. The question that needs to be asked is: "are the degenerative changes unusual for the patient's age?" current ct technology is capable of clearly showing structures 2 mm (a little bigger than 1/16 of an inch). We see many things which may not clinically significant, i.e., give the patient problems or cause pain. Read more...

What is the likelihood that I could die from oral and IV contrast for an abdominal CT scan. I'm terrified and I don't know why. Please help.

Discuss with doc. These dyes have had enormous clinical use and rarely cause any problems. The only risk is ultra rare sensitivity which usually occurs in those who have had exposure to these in the past. Discuss with your doctor who will be administering these to you to put you at ease. You might need some pre-test anti-anxiety medication. Read more...

What can an abdominal CT scan with IV dye and barium sulfate solution find?

Many things. In general areas of abnormal growth such as a tumor or fluid cyst, or areas of swelling such as inflammation or infection. The intravenous contrast solution and swallowed barium help the radiologist identify and separate nearby structures and organs, and help to better visualize possible abnormalities. Read more...

Is there anything that can be mistaken for an accessory spleen in an abdominal CT scan?

Lucky you-you got 2. There is probably a long list of very rare things--but accessory (extra) spleens are not uncommon and most radiologists are comfortable is identifying them. Never know when an extra spleen might come in handy. Read more...
Yes. Several things can including a lymph node. Read more...