CT of the Chest, Abdomen, and Pelvis provides a non-invasive tool for the evaluation of these parts to diagnose many types of infections, inflammations; and cancers in assessing tumour size, and extent of disease. In some cases, an oral contrast is used when scanning the abdomen and/or pelvis. This facilitates the visualization of possible obstructions and inflammatory diseases.
What preparation is required?
- No consumption of solid food 4 hours prior to the test
- No restriction on water intake
- In some cases, an oral contrast is administered 2-3 hours prior to the scan
What should I expect during the scan?
- Any metal infringements in the scanning area need to be removed
- Removable dental implants may need to be removed
- After conducting a sensitivity test, a technologist will administer the iodinated contrast via an IV injection
- You may be asked to place your hands above your head
- You will be required to hold your breath for 10-20 seconds while the images are captured
- The test usually lasts 15 minutes
- Following the exam, your cannula will be removed
- You may experience a loose stool or diarrhoea if oral contrast was administered before the scan
- The report gets despatched within 12-24 hours
Is there anything else I should know?
You are requested to bring a copy of the medical history of the patient, including recent lab work reports and any previous imaging scans that may have been prescribed by your doctor