Abdominal Conditions

At Tellica Imaging, our team of experienced radiologists is skilled in interpreting abdominal scans and diagnosing a wide spectrum of conditions. The abdomen is home to a variety of vital organs, including the stomach, intestines, liver, kidneys, and reproductive organs. Any abnormalities with these organs can lead to a range of uncomfortable and concerning symptoms.

We offer advanced imaging technology like CT scans and MRIs to provide your provider with detailed visualizations of your internal structures. This helps identify the underlying cause of your abdominal pain or other symptoms.

Our team of experienced radiologists is skilled in interpreting abdominal scans and diagnosing a wide spectrum of conditions.

Understanding Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain can be a symptom of many different conditions that can range from mild to severe. It's important to seek medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Sudden and severe abdominal pain
  • Persistent or worsening abdominal pain
  • Pain accompanied by nausea, vomiting, fever, or changes in bowel habits
  • Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite

Common Abdominal Conditions Diagnosed with Imaging

Although abdominal pain may be triggered by a large variety of medical conditions, common concerns that can be diagnosed using imaging tests include:

Pancreatitis

The pancreas is a vital organ located behind the stomach that plays a key role in digestion. It produces digestive enzymes that break down food in the small intestine, as well as hormones that regulate blood sugar levels.

Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed, causing a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Upper abdominal pain, often radiating to the back
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever

Imaging tests can help identify the severity of inflammation and potential complications. These scans can help providers identify potential complications, such as fluid collection or tissue death.

Liver Conditions

The liver is the largest organ inside the body and performs a multitude of essential functions, including:

  • Filtering toxins and waste products from the blood
  • Processing nutrients absorbed from the digestive system
  • Producing proteins and other substances necessary for various bodily functions

Common liver conditions diagnosed with imaging techniques include:

  • Fatty Liver Disease: A buildup of excess fat in the liver, which can eventually lead to inflammation and scarring.
  • Cirrhosis: Severe scarring of the liver that can impair its function.
  • Liver Tumors: These can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

Imaging tests like CT scans and MRIs can help providers detect abnormalities in the size, shape, or texture of the liver and identify potential blockages in the bile ducts. An imaging test can also help differentiate between different types of liver disease.

Other Abdominal Conditions Causing Pain

Abdominal imaging can also diagnose conditions that can cause abdominal pain and other symptoms. This includes:

  • Appendicitis: Inflammation of the appendix, a small organ located near the large intestine. This can cause severe pain in the lower right abdomen.
  • Gallbladder disease: Gallstones can form in the gallbladder, a small sac that stores bile. Gallstones can cause pain in the upper right abdomen, especially after eating fatty foods.
  • Bowel obstructions: A blockage in the small or large intestine can prevent food and waste products from passing through properly. This can cause pain, cramping, bloating, and constipation.

Pelvic Conditions

The pelvic region houses the reproductive organs and the lower urinary tract for both men and women. Problems with any of these organs can significantly impact your quality of life. 

At Tellica Imaging, we understand the unique needs of both men and women when it comes to pelvic health.  Our advanced imaging technology plays a vital role in diagnosing and effectively managing various pelvic conditions.

Pelvic health conditions in women can include:

  • Ovarian Cysts: Fluid-filled sacs that develop in the ovaries. Most cysts are benign (non-cancerous), but some may require monitoring or treatment.
  • Uterine Fibroids: Non-cancerous tumors that grow in the muscle wall of the uterus. Fibroids can cause heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, and pressure.
  • Endometriosis: This condition causes tissue similar to the uterine lining to grow outside the uterus. This can cause intense pelvic pain, especially during menstruation.
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID): This is an infection of the female reproductive organs. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to prevent complications.
  • Uterine Cancer: This is when there is abnormal cell growth in the tissues of the uterus. Imaging tests play a vital role in early detection and treatment planning.

Pelvic health conditions in men can include:

  • Prostatitis: This occurs due to an inflammation of the prostate gland, resulting in pain, burning sensation during urination, and difficulty urinating.
  • Testicular Cancer: This is when there is uncontrolled cell growth in the testicles. Early detection is crucial for successful treatment.

Digestive System Conditions

The digestive system is a complex network of organs that work together to break down food, absorb nutrients, and eliminate waste. Several conditions can affect the digestive system, causing an array of symptoms including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Blood in the stool

Imaging tests like CT scans and MRIs from Tellica Imaging can play a vital role in the diagnosis of these conditions.

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Chronic inflammation of the digestive tract, which can include Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Diverticulitis: Inflammation of pouches that develop in the wall of the colon (large intestine).
  • Celiac Disease: An autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.
  • Peptic Ulcers: Open sores in the lining of the stomach or duodenum (the first part of the small intestine).

Tellica Imaging offers Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) for such conditions. This specialized MRI technique provides detailed visualizations of the bile ducts and pancreatic ducts.  MRCP is particularly useful for evaluating conditions like pancreatitis and gallstones. 

Renal & Urinary Conditions

The urinary system is responsible for filtering waste products from the blood and producing urine. The kidneys are the primary organs of the urinary system, and they play a vital role in maintaining overall health. 

When problems arise in the urinary system, it can manifest as:

  • Pain in the lower back or abdomen
  • Blood in the urine
  • Difficulty urinating or frequent urination
  • Pain or burning during urination

At Tellica Imaging, we utilize CT scans and MRIs to provide providers with clear visualizations of the kidneys, ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder), and bladder. Common renal and urinary conditions diagnosed with imaging include:

  • Kidney Stones: Hard deposits of minerals that form in the kidneys and can cause severe pain when they pass through the urinary tract.
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): Infections that can occur anywhere in the urinary system, most commonly in the bladder.
  • Kidney Tumors: These can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

Imaging plays a vital role in evaluating suspicious masses identified in the kidneys.  CT scans and MRIs can help with renal mass evaluations, i.e. determining the size, location, and characteristics of the mass, which can aid in differentiating between benign and malignant tumors.

Imaging Tests for Abdominal Conditions with Tellica Imaging

At Tellica Imaging, we understand that undergoing scans can cause anxiety, especially for those with claustrophobia concerns. Rest assured that our staff is dedicated to creating a comfortable and welcoming environment for every patient. Additionally, our upfront and transparent pricing eliminates surprise bills, ensuring you can focus on your health.

Visit us at any of our convenient locations and our friendly staff will be glad to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, call us to schedule an imaging test at any of our locations.

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