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SMIL performs abdomen and pelvis CT scans to evaluate the cause of abdominal or pelvic pain of the internal organs, small bowel and colon.
During the abdomen and pelvis CT scan, the SMIL technologist begins by positioning you on the CT examination table, usually lying flat on your back or less commonly, on your side or on your stomach.
Next, the table will move quickly through the scanner to determine the correct starting position for the scans. Then, the table will move slowly through the machine as the actual CT scanning is performed. Depending on the type of CT scan, the machine may make several passes.
You may be asked to hold your breath during the scanning. Any motion, whether breathing or body movements, can lead to artifacts on the images.
When the examination is completed, you will be asked to wait until the technologist verifies that the images are of high enough quality for accurate interpretation. The CT examination is usually completed within 30 minutes.
Learn how to prepare for the scan in the abdomen and pelvis CT scan preparations section.
Find out if this procedure is right for you in the benefits and risks of abdomen and pelvis CT scan section.
For a downloadable/printable PDF about this exam with preparation instructions click here.