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A 18-year-old male asked:

if i had a ct scan without contrast would kidney stones show up ...

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Dr. Lane Childs
Urology 34 years experience
Yes: In fact, ct scanning without contrast is becoming the gold standard evaluation for kidney stones. Contrast material frequently obscures stones and makes their identification difficult. Stones as small as 1 mm can be detected with unenhanced ct technique. Radiolucent stones which cannot be seen well with plain x-ray technique do show up well with unenhanced ct scan.

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A 32-year-old female asked:

Would a CT scan without contrast for possible kidney stones also show if there were adrenal tumors? Dr said CT was normal.

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Yes: Your ct scan certainly look at the adrenal glands and was interpreted as normal. While a ct scan with contrast provides more soft tissue detail, it is still likely that you do not have an adrenal lesion or a rare adrenal tumor.

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