Abdominal CT scan is a diagnostic method used to detect diseases of the internal structures of your abdomen.
This examination is fast, painless, noninvasive and accurate. Pictures are made by a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce horizontal and/or axial images of the body. (Do you know the difference between CT and MRI?)
However, as within almost every imaging method, there are some risks and can occur some complications. Let's have a look at them.
An abdominal CT scan is considered to be a safe examination. However, there are some risks:
The complications of an abdominal CT scan are mostly caused by a reaction to a contrast agent used. These side effects are in most cases mild. If they will become more severe or unbearable, do not hesitate to tell your doctor right away.
Symptoms developed when using a barium contrast agent:
Iodine contrast complications can include:
When you are given contrast and have one of the severe symptoms, call your doctor or go to the emergency:
A CT scan of the abdomen is in general safe, available and accurate imaging method. In emergency cases, doctors use a CT scan to reveal internal injuries and bleeding quickly enough to help save lives. And despite any of the risks mentioned above, doctors would not be able to detect many diagnoses without it. More about when and why is abdominal CT scan used, you can read here.