Capitol Imaging Services answers the question, “Why would a doctor recommend a CT of the abdomen and pelvis?”

This type of CT (Computed Tomography) scan is typically used to help diagnose the cause of abdominal or pelvic pain and diseases of the internal organs, small bowel and colon. According to the American College of Radiology, possible diagnoses include:

  • infections such as appendicitis, pyelonephritis or infected fluid collections, also known as abscesses.
  • inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, pancreatitis or liver cirrhosis.
  • cancers of the liver, kidneys, pancreas, ovaries and bladder as well as lymphoma.
  • kidney and bladder stones.
  • abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), injuries to abdominal organs such as the spleen, liver, kidneys or other internal organs in cases of trauma.

Click here to view a three-minute video, courtesy of the American College of Radiology, that further explains this type of CT scan.

abdo-ct-normComputed Tomography is an imaging technology that uses x-rays to capture images within the human body. It is often recommended to be appropriate for certain types of conditions that medical professionals are trying to diagnose. It also is used as a screening technique for early detection of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and lung cancer. One of the advantages of CT is its speed. Many CT studies are completed in 15 minutes or less, unlike Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans that often take 30 minutes or more.

CT scans can be done by select affiliates of Capitol Imaging Services at fees that often decrease out-of-pocket expenses for people. For those with insurance deductibles, this is a critical point. By choosing a facility within the Capitol Imaging Services network, you may enjoy a more affordable healthcare experience without sacrificing quality of care, technology or medical expertise.

Click here to identify Capitol Imaging Services affiliates that perform CT studies, including CT of the abdomen and pelvis. Choose Capitol imaging Services: doctor trusted, patient preferred.