CT scan of the pelvic organs
In the pelvic area of women and men, important excretory and reproductive organs are located, located in close proximity to each other. To consider the structure and condition, and to diagnose them is possible only by resorting to computed tomography – the most accurate and effective method of examination. The x-ray tomograph scans the investigated area layer by layer, studying the internal organs in all projections and directions. The result is a 3D volumetric image of all parts of the human pelvis.
Time: 15 to 60 minutes (with contrast) Preliminary preparation: needed Contraindications: none Restrictions: allergic reaction to contrast, young children, pregnancy, weight more than 150 kg, mental disorders. Report preparation time: 30 minutes. The cost of CT scan of the pelvis in Kiev is 1000 hryvnias without introducing contrast.
The purpose of CT diagnostics of the pelvic organs
- 1. Identification of inflammation, the effects of injuries, pathologies, neoplasms of organs, tissues, lymph nodes, bones.
- 2. Monitoring (tracking) of the treatment process.
- 3. Preparing for surgery (operations).
- 4. Assessment of the patient’s condition in the postoperative period, as well as after radiation and radio therapy.
- 5. Examination of abdominal organs (intestines, liver, spleen, kidneys, adrenal glands).
Indications for CT scan of the pelvic organs
- • pain in the abdomen, in the pelvic or abdomen;
- • violations in the work of internal organs;
- • injuries;
- • female diseases;
- • diseases of the prostate gland;
- • diagnosis of appendicitis, inflammatory processes in the intestines, kidneys, pancreas, etc .;
- • diagnosis of urinary and cholelithiasis, as well as neoplasms.
CT scan of the pelvic organs allows you to diagnose uterine fibroids and oncology, cysts in the ovaries, ectopic pregnancy in women and prostatitis, and prostate cancer in men.
How is the procedure of CT examination of the pelvic organs
This type of CT scan requires a full bladder. Therefore, before starting the procedure, the patient needs to drink a certain amount of liquid. The patient lies on the table of the tomograph. He’s alone in the office. Communication with the doctor occurs through an intercom. It is necessary to observe immobility. The table begins to move, and the radiation tube with sensors rotate around the studied area of the body and transfer data to a computer. From time to time, the doctor asks you to hold your breath for a short while. The monitor displays volumetric images of the pelvic organs, digestion, bone, tissue, lymph nodes. The procedure does not cause the patient any discomfort or pain.
The introduction of a contrast medium (bolus)
For a more thorough and detailed study of the pelvic area, as well as the diagnosis of the smallest neoplasms, the patient is prescribed the introduction of iodine-containing contrast into the vein. The bolus is absolutely safe for human health and is completely eliminated from the body within a day.
Indications for bolus administration
The main indication is a suspicion of oncology (cancer of the uterus, prostate, digestive organs, metastasis).Contraindications for the introduction of contrast
The bolus can not be used for allergies to iodine, pregnancy and lactation, such diseases, goiter, liver and kidney failure.
What are the risks of CT scan of the pelvic organs
The CT procedure is absolutely safe for humans. Our office is equipped with the most advanced equipment providing a minimum dose of radiation. A big request for pregnant women: to inform your doctor about your condition for taking special precautions.
How to prepare for CT scan of the pelvic organs
There is no special preparation for the CT procedure. Basic requirements: follow a diet 2-3 days before the procedure for more accurate results, do not eat anything before the session, dress in comfortable clothes, remove metal jewelry, dentures, glasses, remove gadgets from your pockets. If contrasting is prescribed, it is necessary to eat nothing 6 hours before the session, before the session, drink a sufficient amount of liquid (3 glasses of water) and do not urinate.
Obtaining and decoding CT results
Having received the pictures on the computer screen, the radiologist examines them and describes them in detail. The patient is given digital copies of the pictures and their description. Timely CT diagnostics of the pelvic area will allow you to identify any abnormalities and quickly take measures to effectively eliminate them. Be healthy!