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Prep for Abdominal CT Overview

written by: AlyssaAst•edited by: Emma Lloyd•updated: 7/23/2009

Many medical conditions and abnormalities can be properly diagnosed using an abdominal CT scan. This test is very easy to perform and undergo. However, prep for abdominal CT testing is needed.

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    Abdominal CT scans are used to diagnose numerous medical conditions and abnormalities that may be present in the abdominal region. An Abdominal CT scan is a diagnostic tool that uses the imaging method of cross sectional x-rays to view the abdominal region. It is a very simple procedure that can detect numerous complications in the abdomen.

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    Abdominal CT Testing

    The process of an abdominal CT scan is fairly simple. You will be asked to lie on you back on a narrow table. This table will slide in and out of the CT scanner during the test. You will most likely be asked to place your arms above your head so there is a clear view of the abdomen. Occasionally, dye may need to be injected into your veins. This allows certain images to be clearer during the scan.

    As the scan begins, x-ray beams from the scanner rotate around you. The scanner contains small detectors that will be used to measure the x-rays of the abdomen. To receive clear images of the abdomen, it is important to lie very still during the scan. This may require you to hold your breath at some point.

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    Prep for Abdominal CT scan

    Prep for the abdominal CT scan includes not eating or drinking 4 to 6 hours before the scan occurs. No metal, such as jewelry, can be worn during the exam. X-rays can not pass through metal, so any metal objects need to be removed prior to the exam in order to prep for abdominal CT scans.

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    Diagnosing with Abdominal CT scan

    Many medical conditions and abnormalities can be diagnosed with abdominal CT scan results. Doctors are able to evaluate blood vessels with the images provided from the test. Tumors and other unusual masses can be seen with the images obtained. Kidney stones, appendicitis, and certain infections can be found using this procedure.

    Abdominal CT scans can be used for a number of conditions. This test can be used to diagnose and even rule out possible medical conditions. Rare risks can occur from this scan. If dye is injected, possible allergic reactions can occur. It is important to fully discuss this procedure with your doctor before undergoing the scan.

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