CT of the Pelvis: Exam Description. Your doctor has ordered a CT (Computed Tomography) of your pelvis. CT is an advanced form of X-rays that uses a narrow X-ray beam and advanced computer software to create detailed cross-sectional images of the body organs .
Doctors typically use this procedure to help diagnose the cause of abdominal or pelvic pain . They also use it to diagnose diseases of the internal organs, small bowel and colon, such as: infections such as appendicitis, pyelonephritis or infected fluid collections, also known as abscesses.
CT rapidly creates detailed pictures of the body, including the pelvis and areas near the pelvis . The test may be used to diagnose or detect: Masses or tumors, including cancer. The cause of pelvic pain.
CT scans can produce detailed images of many structures inside the body, including the internal organs, blood vessels and bones. They can be used to: diagnose conditions – including damage to bones, injuries to internal organs, problems with blood flow, stroke, and cancer .
Chronic back pain or an injury to the spine are among the most common reasons to have a CT scan. A doctor may also order a spinal CT scan to: Evaluate spinal fractures. Assess the condition of the spine before and after surgical procedures.
A CT scan of the pelvis can help find problems such as breaks (fractures), tumours, and appendicitis . It also can help find the cause of pelvic pain.
A CT scan will identify inflamed diverticula, bowel wall inflammation, pericolic fat stranding, and corresponding complications [9,10,11,83,87,88]. CT is capable of visualizing pericolonic and colonic complications which results in a more accurate diagnosis for the patient, along with better standard of care.