Abdominal CT Scan: Definition
A CT scan is a type of x-ray. It uses a computer to make pictures of the inside of the body. In this case, images of the abdomen are taken.
CT Scan at Kidneys
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A CT scan is done to study the organs and tissue in your abdomen. Your doctor will look for signs of:
- Other diseases
Your doctor may recommend an abdominal CT scan if you have the following symptoms:
- Abdominal pain
- Bowel changes
- Blood in urine or stool
- Evidence of intestinal blockage.
- Urinary difficulties
- Jaundice (yellow skin)
- Weight loss
- Unexplained fever
- Abdominal injury
- Fluid buildup in the abdomen
Last reviewedFebruary 2014by Michael Woods, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.