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CT of the Abdomen/Pelvis
Your doctor has requested a computed tomography scan (CT or CAT) of your abdomen and pelvis. CT scans use X-ray technology and advanced computer analysis to create detailed pictures of your body. A CT acan of the abdomen and pelvis can help diagnose problems in the bladder, uterus, prostate or bowels. Cedars-Sinai's S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center has a team of specialists who focus on taking and interpreting CT scans. Our team of expert physicians, nurses and technologists is led by Cindy Kallman, MD, Chief, Body CT.
Before Arriving for Your Exam
Patients who are diabetic and taking Glucophage will need clearance from their referring physician before the exam.
If your exam includes an IV injection of a contrast dye, you will be instructed not to eat or drink anything for three hours before your exam. Not all scans use a contrast dye; in those that do, it is given through an injection or orally. The dye improves the image quality by highlighting certain structures, such as arteries, and making them more visible on the scan. If you are asked to take contrast orally, you will then be asked to wait 90 minutes for the contrast to reach your abdomen/pelvis area.
Please leave your jewelry and valuables at home and wear comfortable clothing.
Although we do not anticipate any delay in your scheduled appointment, we recommend that you bring a book, magazine or music player to help pass any time you may need to wait.
A radiology nurse or technologist will ask you a few questions regarding your medical history.
Please tell the technologist, radiology nurse and/or physician of any allergies you may have.
During Your Exam
While positioning you on the exam table, the technologist will explain your procedure and answer any questions you may have.
After Your Exam
There are no restrictions placed on you after this procedure. You may eat and drive as normal.
Above: A three-dimensional volume rendered image of the arterial blood vessels from the abdomen, pelvis and lower extremities. There is an occlusion on the left lower extremity.
The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake, and West Hollywood.