CT of the Abdomen/Pelvis

What Is a CT Scan of the Abdomen/Pelvis?

CT scanning-sometimes called CAT scanning-is a noninvasive, painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. CT imaging produces multiple images of the inside of the body and a computer to join them together in cross-sectional and 2D/3D views of the area being studied. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed. CT scans of internal organs, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity than conventional x-ray exams.

Common Uses

This procedure is typically used to help diagnose the cause of abdominal pain and diseases of the bowel and colon, such as:

  • abscesses in the abdomen
  • inflamed colon
  • cancers of the colon, liver, pancreas and kidneys
  • pancreatitis
  • lymphoma
  • staging for cancer
  • diverticulitis
  • appendicitis

CT scanning of the abdomen/pelvis is also performed to:

  • visualize the liver, spleen, pancreas and kidney
  • plan and properly administer radiation treatments for tumors
  • guide biopsies and other minimally invasive procedures

CT imaging can also play a significant role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of vascular disorders that can lead to stroke, gangrene or kidney failure.

Before, During and After the Procedure

Why choose the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center for a CT study

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, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake and West Hollywood.