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Abdominal CT- About the Exam

Mountain Medical’s radiologists use abdomen CT imaging to evaluate the internal organs, small bowel, colon and pelvic structures including the uterus, ovaries, and bladder. Abdominal CT is used to diagnose a wide range of medical conditions including inflammation, infection, trauma, cancer and other abnormalities.

What to expect during a routine abdominal CT:

  • During the abdomen CT exam, the technologist begins by positioning you on the CT examination table, usually lying flat.
  • The table will move quickly through the scanner to determine the correct starting position for the exams. Then, the table will move slowly through the machine as the actual abdominal CT imaging is performed.
  • You may be asked to hold your breath during the abdominal CT. It is important to not move during the exam, because just like your camera at home, if you are moving while we are taking pictures, the images can be blurred.
  • When the examination is completed, you will be asked to wait until the technologist verifies that the images are of high enough quality for accurate interpretation.
  • The CT examination is usually completed within 30 minutes.

Learn how to prepare for abdomen and pelvis CT.

Learn the benefits and risks of abdomen and pelvis CT.

Watch the CT - What to Expect Video.