Re: Abdominal CT Scan
Aside from the contrast, prep is roughly the same for both CT and colonoscopy - you've got to be cleaned out. To be honest, the CT isn't the best of tests for that purpose because you still have to deal with prep, and if they find anything, they'll have to perform a colonoscopy anyway because they can't repair or biopsy during a CT. Not to mention that the AMA is discouraging the use of CT scans unless absolutely necessary because they've found the radiation exposure involved can be quite dangerous.
Not trying to scare you, but they offered me an abdominal CT and I gave them a big fat "no". Bit the bullet and did the colonoscopy - they found two growths they had to snip so I'm glad I didn't go through with the CT; I would've ended up going through the whole ordeal twice. And as a woman of childbearing years, there's no way I wanted a big dose of radiation right in my abdomen.
I'm not a medical professional, but I've got a biochem degree, so feel free to take it with a grain of salt. Just my personal opinion on the procedure.
Last edited by HSaxon; 01-28-2012 at 06:14 AM.