CT scanning of the abdomen/pelvis is performed to:
- visualize the liver, spleen, pancreas and kidney
- plan and properly administer radiation treatments for tumors
- guide biopsies and other minimally invasive procedures
Before Arriving for Test
If your test includes an IV injection of a contrast dye, you will be instructed not to eat or drink anything for three hours before your test. Not all scans use a contrast dye; in those that do, it is given through an injection or orally. The dye improves the image quality by highlighting certain structures, such as arteries, and making them more visible on the scan. If you are asked to take contrast orally, you will then be asked to wait 90 minutes for the contrast to reach your abdomen/pelvis area.