CT Scan – Should I be scared?

My doctor ordered a CT scan with contrast dye to rule out other problems before making IBS diagnosis. Is that a normal thing to do? He said he believes I have IBS and gastritis but because my moving abdomen pain and constipation alternating with diarrhea has been going on for a month he wants to be sure there is nothing else first. He is concerned that the pain often radiates to not only lower back but middle back sometimes too. I am scared of CT with dye because of cancer and allergy risk. Has anyone else has one of these and if so how does it go? IV or drink.

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  • Chris Hall moderator
    2 weeks ago

    Hey @sara35 – Thanks for submitting your question! I can definitely understand the concern about the scan. While we wait for others to chime in, I thought I’d share an article with you that details what to expect during the scan: https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/testing-and-diagnosis/ct-scan/. Take care! – Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

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