Pelvic CT Scan

CT Scan of the Pelvis is a special test used primarily to examine the contents of the pelvic cavity for evidence of malignancy (cancer), haemorrhage (bleeding), and obstruction. It is usually performed in conjuction with abdominal CT.

How the Test is Performed

Pelvic CT scan is performed in the radiology department scanning room, with the patient lying flat (supine) on a CT table. The head is placed in a comfortable ‘docking pillow’ and the CT scanner gantry (donut) passess over and around the patient to perform the scan. The gantry travels over the patient from the iliac crest to the pubic symphysis to create the scan.
Pelvic CT scan is performed with oral and intravenous contrast. It is usually performed in conjunction with abdominal CT.

Medical Conditions and Symptoms

Pelvic CT scan as a sole investigation is used to define pelvic fractures following trauma, delineate specific pelvic organs such as the prostate or uterus, and in patients with chronic pelvic pain.

Test Results Explained

Pelvic CT scans are interpreted by an experienced radiologist.
Highly detailed information pertaining to solid and hollow organs in the pelvis; and the integrity of the bony pelvis can be attained. The presence of tumour, inflammation, haemorrhage, stones and infection can be ascertained.

Related Specialists

Related Procedures

  • CT guided biopsy

Related Tests

Also Known As

  • Pelvic CT

 

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