CT scan is a type of imaging test.
It uses X-rays and computer technology to make images or "slices" of the body. A CT scan
can make detailed pictures of any part of the body. This includes the bones, muscles,
fat, organs, and blood vessels. They are more detailed than regular X-rays.
In a CT scan, an X-ray beam moves in a circle around your body. This allows many different views of the same part of the body. The X-ray information is sent to a computer that interprets the X-ray data and displays it on a monitor.
During some tests, you may get
contrast dye orally or through a vein. This will make parts of your body show up better
in the image.
CT scans of the kidneys can give more detailed information about the kidneys than standard X-rays. This can provide more information related to injuries or diseases of the kidneys. CT scans of the kidneys can help your healthcare provider find problems such as tumors or other lesions, obstructive conditions, such as kidney stones, congenital anomalies, polycystic kidney disease, buildup of fluid around the kidneys, and the location of abscesses.
Your healthcare provider may need to do other related tests to diagnose kidney problems.