What is CT Scanning?
CT scanning also known as CT scan is a noninvasive, painless radiological
test to evaluate many disorders of the abdomen and pelvis. CT scan uses special
x-ray equipment to produce multiple cross sectional images of the abdomen and
pelvis- which are then analyzed by a computer and converted into a 3 dimensional
picture. The CT scan is many times more sensitive then the plain x ray in imaging
the internal organs of the abdomen. Today, CT is always the first test to detect
most pathology of the abdomen and pelvis and is the Gold Standard for evaluation
individuals who have suffered abdominal trauma.
What areas of the body are covered in a body scan?
The body scan
is from the
collar bone to the pelvis and covers the heart, lungs, abdomen,
and the spine. The specific areas covered in the abdomen are
the kidneys, liver, gall bladder, abdominal aorta, adrenal glands,
lymph nodes, spleen and specific regions in the pelvis.
How long does a body scan take?
The body scan approximately takes about 10-15 minutes.
Does the body scan detect cancer?
The body scan may detect visual abnormalities such as nodules,
masses, cysts or tumors in the lungs as small as a grain of
rice, and in the abdomen as small as an eraser head, or larger.
If the scan detects an abnormality, it is up to you and your
personal physician to decide if you should have any further
testing to see whether or not the abnormality is cancerous.
The report you will receive will aid in that decision. Early
detection of cancer may improve your chances of survival.
(metabolic abnormalities may be found with a blood test).
Is there any preparation or contrast needed for the body scan?
No. Some Scan Centers ask women to wear a wireless bra (sports bra or
How long does it take to get the results from a body scan?
At some Scanning Facilities you will sit down with a physician immediately
following your scan. The physician will then go over images of your scan
with you as a consultation. You will also receive detailed results from
a qualified radiologist in the mail.
Other Scanning Facilities will mail you your scan results without
a personalized consultation. It all depends on which scanning
center you choose.
Is a body scan painful or uncomfortable?
The body scan is painless and comfortable. You will be asked to
hold your breath, just a few times. EBT and CT scanners have
an open top and are not claustrophobic.