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Can a CT scan show a hernia?

I went in for a ct scan of the abdomen/kidneys with contrast. It was ordered because my pcp found blood in my urine and wanted to check my kidneys out.

While talking to the ct tech I was telling him i've been having this weird feeling around my belly button. like a streching pinchy feeling. not really painful but just a slight irritating feeling. I've had 3 surgeries envolving my belly button an endo laparoscopy, tummy tuck and gallbladder With the gallbladder being most recent.

Well the tech said it sounded like a hernia (i'm thinking it probably just some scar tissue from my healing gallbladder surgery 3 months ago) and that this ct would show it.

Now my question is. How does a hernia show on a ct scan with contrast? Especially if i was sent for my kidneys not to check for a hernia? could they still see everything in my stomach? or just the kidneys?

and what other things can cause that weird strechy pulling feeling in my belly button?
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Abnormalities are detected on a CT whether the physician was looking for them or not; any abnormality can show up.  The CT was ordered of the abdomen/kidneys, not just of the kidneys.

I had a CT of the abdomen about 2 years ago b/c of abdominal pain.  A small umbilicus hernia was noted (small hernia involving the "belly button")  I was surprised I had one and that is not what my physician was looking for.  
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Yes a CT scan can show a hernia.  Cts of the abdomen show from the top of your kidneys to your bladder and everything in between!  If you are thinking you have a hernia another test that can tell you if it is a hernia is a upper gi series!
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