Abdominal Computed Tomography To Produce Multiple Images Of The Internal Organs Of The Body
Computed tomography is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. This test is also called CAT scanning. CT scanning is combined with special x-ray equipments to produce multiple images or pictures of the internal organs of the body.
Abdominal computed tomography is an important technique used to diagnose the cause of abdominal or pelvic pain.
Using this test, the doctors can detect the following:
- Infections such as appendicitis, diverticulitis or infected fluid collections
- Inflammatory processes such as pancreatitis, pyelonephritis or inflammatory bowel disease
- Cancers of the colon, liver, kidneys, pancreas and bladder as well as lymphoma
- Kidney and bladder stones
- Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) and other diseases of the vessels such as blood clots and abnormal narrowing or stenoses of the vessels
CAT scanning helps doctors to identify injuries to the liver, spleen, kidneys or other internal organs in cases of trauma and guide biopsies and other medical procedures such as abscess drainages and minimally invasive tumor treatments. This technique helps doctors to plan for and assess the results of surgery, such as organ transplants or gastric bypass. Physicians can monitor response to chemotherapy and administer radiation treatments for tumors.
Some Of The Benefits Of Using This Technique Are As Follows:
- Abdominal computed tomography is a painless and noninvasive medical test and has high accuracy
- This technique enables doctors to determine the causes of abdominal pain with very high accuracy eliminating the need for additional invasive diagnostic procedures.
- Provides real-time imaging, making it a good tool for guiding minimally invasive procedures such as needle biopsies and needle aspirations of different parts of the body, predominantly the lungs, abdomen, pelvis and bones
However, preventive measures are to be followed to outweigh the risk of excessive exposure to radiation.