Reasons for Abdominal CT Scan

When your doctor informs you that you need the Abdominal CT Scan procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.

Why Abdominal CT Scan is Performed


Alternate Names for Abdominal CT Scan:
CT scan, abdomen



Reasons for Test

A CT scan is done to study the organs and tissue in the abdomen and to look for signs of:

  • Injury
  • Tumors
  • Infections
  • Other diseases

Your doctor may recommend an abdominal CT if you have the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bowel changes
  • Blood in the urine or stool
  • Urinary difficulties
  • Jaundice (yellow skin)
  • Weight loss
  • Unexplained fever
  • Abdominal injury
  • Fluid build-up in the abdomen


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Complications
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Abdominal CT Scan Details
What to Expect
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Results
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