Abdominal CT

What is it?

An abdominal CT stands for abdominal computed tomography. It is a minimally invasive procedure that allows for the evaluation of the abdomen and surrounding tissues, including the bones, muscles, fat, organs, and blood vessels.

Why is it done?

An abdominal CT can assess the abdomen and its organs for tumors, inflammation, obstructions, infections, and other issues that may be occurring in the bowel. They are more detailed than standard X- Rays and they can also help us determine whether or not treatment for IBD is working.

How does it work?

The procedure uses a combination of X-Rays and computer technology to produce (horizontal) images of the body.

What to expect

The scan will generally take about 30 minutes. You will need to have a special dye, called contrast, put into your body. Contrast helps certain areas show up better on the X-Rays. It can be given through and IV, or you may need to drink it.


An abdominal CT scan has very few risks, however some of the contrast dye used in the procedure may cause temporary kidney damages, particularly if your kidneys have already been affected by disease or infection.

As with any procedure that involves X-Rays, there is some exposure to radiation.

Let your doctor know if you…

  • Are pregnant
  • Have kidney issues
  • Have any allergies