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CT Scan of the Abdomen

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by Mahnke D

(Abdominal CT)


Possible Complications

A CT scan does use radiation. You and your doctor will weigh the harms and benefits of this test. A CT scan may not be advised if you are pregnant.
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the test.

Call Your Doctor

If you are given contrast, call your doctor if any of the following occurs after the test:
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Nausea
  • Swollen, itchy eyes
  • Tightness of throat
  • Difficulty breathing
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.


American Cancer Society

Radiological Society of North America



Canadian Association of Radiologists

Canadian Radiation Protection Association



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