An abdominal CT scan is essential in examining upper abdominal pain, bloating and discomfort in the abdomen. Learn more about Dr. David Zarian’s CT scan for the abdomen and how to prepare for abdominal scans in Encino.
What is an Abdominal Scan?
Abdominal scan or CT scan of the abdomen is a detailed medical exam that provides cross-sectional pictures of the organs and structures in the abdomen in a more detailed fashion than an X-ray does. The CT scan circles your abdomen and sends the images to a computer where they can be studied for detailed diagnosis.
Abdominal scans are important because it is a non-invasive way of diagnosing abdominal pain and examining your kidneys, liver, pancreas, liver, spleen and abdominal aorta for possible problems.
Reasons for abdominal scans
An abdominal scan allows doctors to see the organs and tissues in your abdominal cavity to get a picture of what’s going on in the abdomen. Dr. Zarian conducts abdominal scans for both children and adults for the following reasons:
- To find the cause of abdominal pain
- To help diagnose urinary problems
- To help diagnose infections in the abdomen
- To evaluate abdominal injuries
- To diagnose digestive problems
- To query conditions such as gallstones, fatty infiltrated liver, liver lesions, abdominal aortic aneurysm and stones in the biliary tract.
- To diagnose abnormal liver functions
How to prepare for CT scan of the abdomen
An abdominal scan doesn’t require a lot of preparation. You’ll be required to refrain from eating for at least 6 hours before the scan is conducted. If need be, only take water and essential medication during this period.
What happens during an abdominal scan?
During a CT scan of the abdomen, an ultrasound gel is smeared on your abdomen and an ultrasound probe is used to scan the organs in the abdominal cavity. Meanwhile, the cross-sectional images of organs of interest are taken so that they can be studied by our radiologist. Dr. Zarian will then give you the results of the examination within 48 hours.
An abdominal ultrasound is totally safe and non-invasive. The CT scan of the abdomen examination lasts between 20 to 30 minutes.
What are the side effects of abdominal CT scans?
The possible side effects of abdominal CT scan are mild and usually occur because of body’s reaction to contrast used. If iodine contrast is used, you may experience itching, headache or skin rash. The side effects of barium contrast are constipation, nausea or diarrhea.
Dr. David Zarian offers the most effective CT scan for the abdomen for a detailed examination into all abdominal and pelvic organs.
Why Choose Dr. David Zarian for Abdominal CT scan in Encino
Dr. David Zarian offers a cutting edge abdominal CT imaging coupled with personalized care that ensures you receive the best patient care in Encino. He provides flexible patient scheduling, friendly environment and compassionate support to enhance your safety and comfort.