What is a CT Scan of the Abdomen?
CT Scan (also known as CAT scan) of the Abdomen is a painless radiology exam which may be ordered to help evaluate abnormalities in the area. This includes abdominal pain, inflammation, kidney stones, bladder stones and liver lesions, among others.
Who should get this test?
Abdominal CT scans are used when a doctor suspects that something might be wrong in the abdominal area but can’t find enough information through a physical exam or lab tests.
Some of the reasons your doctor may want you to have an abdominal CT scan include:
- abdominal pain
- a mass in your abdomen that you can feel
- kidney stones (to check for size and location of the stones)
- unexplained weight loss
- infections, such as appendicitis
- to check for intestinal obstruction
- inflammation of the intestines, such as Crohn’s disease
- injuries following trauma
- recent cancer diagnosis
Is there radiation involved?
Yes. CT Scan is an imaging test which involves a small amount of radiation to show pictures of the organs, tissues, and bones of the body.
When will I receive my results?
Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.
How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.