CT of the Chest, Abdomen, and Pelvis

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