MSCT abdomen and pelvis

To evaluate abdominal and pelvic internal organs (liver, spleen, gall bladder, kidneys, adrenal glands, stomach, small and large bowel) and is often used to determine the cause of unexplained abdominal and pelvic pain.

Patients with: Infections such as appendicitis, pyelonephritis, pancreatitis and infected fluid collections (abscesses).Cancers of the liver, kidneys, pancreas as well as lymphoma.Colonic or small bowel pathologies as suspected intestinal obstruction, masses, colonic diverticulae or inflammations.Injuries to abdominal organs such as the spleen, liver, kidneys, intestine or other internal organs in cases of trauma.
  • Pregnancy Impaired renal function tests.
  • History of reactions to contrast agents.
  • Treatment of thyroid disease with radioactive iodine.
Routine medication should not be stopped. Fasting for 4-6 hours.

Depending on the reason why you are getting the exam: You may be required to drink oral contrast, you will be asked to arrive approximately two hours prior to your scan time or begin drinking the contrast at home prior to arriving.Rarely, in rectal or colonic pathologies, contrast administered may be administrated by enema on the examination table.A nurse will insert an intravenous catheter (IV line) into a vein in your hand or arm that will be used to inject the contrast material.You will be positioned supine on the moveable exam table.Injection of 70-80 ml of non-ionized contrast material.Post contrast study is obtained.When the exam is complete, you may be asked to wait while the radiologist checks the images in case more are needed. The IV line will be removed after the examination is over.

The exam is done on one of the latest Multislice CT machines from GE, SIEMENS & PHILIPS in Alfa scan branches.

We recommend you continue drinking plenty of fluid after the examination, as it helps rapid washout of contrast material out of your body except if you are on fluid balance for renal or cardiac condition, then please review your physician in that matter.

Contrast Materials reactions:

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Headache.
  • Itching.
  • Flushing.
  • Mild skin rash or hives.