- Unexplained abdominal pain, weight loss and abdominal swelling are commonly investigated by CT.
- An abnormality which was previously noted clinically or on ultrasound may be submitted for CT evaluation due to its cross-sectional imaging ability.
- Renal tract stones are easily detected on CT.
- Complications of surgery can be evaluated and sometimes managed.
- Oral contrast material is often used to opacify the bowel which will be obtained from the department when the scan is booked. Detailed instructions will be given to the patient. Sometimes it may be necessary to place contrast in the rectum using a catheter.
- Intravenous contrast material is usually used to more accurately evaluate the abdomen and detect abnormalities.