The abdomen and pelvis contain the digestive organs as well as the urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems. A CT scan of this area may be done to look for abscesses, tumors, ney stones, infections, or the cause of unexplained abdominal pain.
Detailed instructions on preparing for a CT Scan with IV and oral contrast materials.
Computed Tomography (CT) imaging, also known as “CAT scanning” (Computed Axial Tomography), was developed in the early to mid 1970s and is now available at over 30,000 locations throughout the world.
There are two types of contrast used in CT, oral and IV. The oral contrast is usually a thin barium sulfate suspension and is used to distend and …
Contrast Dye. Intravenous dye may be used in some imaging procedures (e.g., CT scan, MRI scan). Contrast dye is not used in all cases. Although rare, some patients suffer allergic reactions to the dye and newer contrast agents are quite expensive.
A CT scan, also known as computed tomography scan, makes use of computer-processed combinations of many X-ray measurements taken from different angles to produce cross-sectional (tomographic) images (virtual “slices”) of specific areas of a scanned object, allowing the user to see inside the object without cutting.
During many computed tomography examinations, patients may be asked to take a special contrast agent (orally, rectally or via injection). Intrave
Abdominal CT scans (also called CAT scans), are a type of specialized X-ray. They help your doctor see the organs, blood vessels, and bones in your abdomen. We’ll explain why your doctor may order an abdominal CT scan, how to prepare for the procedure, and possible risks and complications that you should be aware of.
Is the use of oral contrast for abdominal CT still necessary?
CT scan is a very low-risk procedure. The patient will be exposed to radiation when undergoing a CT scan. However, it is a safe level. The biggest potential risk is with a contrast (also called dye) injection that is sometimes used in CT scanning.