Hi, Steven Smith.

On March 15th, we performed a CT scan of the Abdomen and Pelvis. Here are your results.

Abdomen Anatomy

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The spleen is a curved, oval-shaped organ in the left upper part of the abdomen, next to the stomach. The spleen's job is to filter the blood, store blood cells, and remove old blood cells from the blood stream. The spleen also has a role in the immune system (fighting infection). Most people can live without the spleen, but without a spleen may be at higher risk for some infections.


The pancreas is a thin, elongated organ located deep in the center of the abdomen, just in front of the spine. The pancreas is really a large gland, and produces enzymes that help with digestion of food, particularly fatty foods. The pancreas releases these enzymes into the small intestine to aid in digestion. The pancreas is also very important controlling blood sugar. Imbedded within the pancreas are collections of special cells (islets of langerhans), which release hormones (insulin and glucagon) which control the amount of sugar within the blood by causing sugar to be released into the blood (glucagon) or removed from the blood and stored (insulin).


the internal organ in which the major part of the digestion of food occurs, being (in humans and many mammals) a pear-shaped enlargement of the alimentary canal linking the esophagus to the small intestine.


The liver is a large organ in the right upper part of the abdomen. The liver has many important functions, including removing toxins and waste products from things that we eat, and making many important molecules that keep the body functioning. The liver acts as a filter for blood returning from the intestines, and also makes bile which flows through ducts into the intestines to help with digestion of food.


The colon is the large intestine. There are 4 segments of colon. 1) ascending colon in the right side of the abdomen 2) transverse colon which travels horizontally across the upper abdomen 3) descending colon in the left abdomen, which courses downward toward the pelvis. 4) sigmoid colon down in the pelvis, which connects with the rectum. The small intestine connects with the colon in the right lower part of the abdomen.


the part of the intestine that runs between the stomach and the large intestine; the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum collectively.


The kidneys are bean-shaped organs in the body which filter waste-products from the blood, and help the body to balance electrolytes (sodium, potassium, etc). Waste products are removed by the kidneys and then passed into the urine to be expelled by urination. There are two kidneys, a left and a right. They perform the same function, and most people can live with only 1 kidney. The kidneys make urine, which is passed through a tube called the ureter into the urinary bladder.


a membranous sac in humans, in which urine is collected for excretion.

Full Report

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Indication: 789.00 Abdominal Pain

The indication section states the reason why your doctor ordered this particular study. Often there will be diagnostic code information included in this section. The diagnostic code information may list symptoms or health conditions potentially related to the reasons why you and your doctor thought you needed the imaging study.


The comparison section lists any studies you had done in the past that were referenced to see if there were any changes.

Technique/Protocol: Multiple contiguous axial CT images were obtained from the lung bases to the symphysis pubis following the uncomplicated administration of 150 mL Isovue300 iodinated contrast intravenously. Coronal and sagittal reformatted images were generated.

The protocol section describes the technical aspects of the scan (how the images were acquired).


This part of the report describes what the radiologist sees on your images. The radiologist will often comment on both normal and abnormal structures using specific, descriptive medical terms.

Minimal dependent atelectasis at the lung bases. No pleural effusion.

The liver is normal in size and contour, with homogeneous parenchymal enhancement. There is no intrahepatic or extrahepatic biliary ductal dilatation. Portal veins and hepatic veins are patent.The pancreas, spleen , and bilateral adrenal glands are unremarkable.

Kidneys enhance symmetrically. There are no focal renal lesions . There is no hydronephrosis. Small bowel and colon are normal in caliber without bowel wall thickening. Normal appendix.

Abdominal aorta is normal in caliber. Major mesenteric arteries are patent. No mesenteric, retroperitoneal, or pelvic lymphadenopathy. Bones are normal.

Impression: Normal CT examination of the abdomen and pelvis.

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Ryan Short

Ryan Short MD

Duke Radiology