How much is abdominal CT scan in Nigeria?

A Nigerian lady who was told to do an abdominal CT scan for possible gall bladder tumor wrote me yesterday to find out the how much abdominal CT scan cost in Nigeria and Lagos to be precise.

Her Message:

How much is abdominal CT scan in Nigeria?

Good day doctor and thank you for all you do. I have been having this recurrent upper right abdominal pain for 6 months now….painkillers no longer work. I did an abdominal ultrasound scan which showed I have possible gall bladder tumour that is blocking the flow of bile ….I later developed jaundice due to worsening symptoms. My doctors admitted me in a private hospital in Lagos and have requested go and do an abdominal CT scan to determine the extent of the gall bladder tumor and possible spread if it is cancer. I am also been worked up for surgery soon.

Edna Fufilo

My reply;

Goodmorning Edna. I understand your predicament. Please I will want to encourage you to continue to have faith in your doctors’ judgement….Be informed that abdominal CT scan cost about #42,000 naira – #50,000 naira in most private laboratories in Nigeria including Lagos, Abuja , Kaduna , Benin city and Port Harcourt. Some government owned hospitals especially teaching hospitals and federal medical centres may do abdominal CT scan for #35,000 naira.

How much is abdominal CT scan in Nigeria?
Abdominal CT scan film

How should you prepare for abdominal CT scan?

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your exam. You may need to change into a gown for the procedure.

Metal objects, including jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures, and hairpins, may affect the CT images. Leave them at home or remove them prior to your exam. Some CT exams will require you to remove hearing aids and removable dental work. Women will need to remove bras containing metal underwire. You may need to remove any piercings, if possible.

Your doctor may instruct you to not eat or drink anything for a few hours before your exam if it will use contrast material. Tell your doctor about all medications you are taking and if you have any allergies. If you have a known allergy to contrast material, your doctor may prescribe medications (usually a steroid) to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction. To avoid unnecessary delays, contact your doctor well before the date of your exam.

Also tell your doctor about any recent illnesses or other medical conditions and whether you have a history of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, or thyroid problems. Any of these conditions may increase the risk of an adverse effect.

Women should always inform their physician and the CT technologist if there is any possibility that they may be pregnant.

I wish you all the best.



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