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what is ct scan for?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Many things: CT scan represents xray examination with cross secitonal imaging of body part.Thin transaxial images are performed of body part, abdomen,, chest, extremity,brainetc. Reconstructions usually performed in coronal / sagittal projections.Sometimes contrast material injected intravenously to identify vascular structures and vascularity of lesions. Sometimes oral ingestion of contrast to assess bowel.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
The potential: indications of CT are numerous. CT can be used to evaluate anatomy and diagnose abnormalities in almost any part of the body. CT can also be used as image guidance for a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. CT can also be used to monitor therapeutic responses for certain diseases.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Price of a CT scan?

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Dr. Tashfeen Ekram
Radiology 13 years experience
Depends. : It entirely depends on what you are getting a ct scan of. Ct examination can sometimes involve contrast and multiple scans. In addition, each place has their own pricing. Surprisingly, you can find the same ct be priced differently in the same town. However, not every place has the same quality either. I would ask around to try to find a good balance between quality and price.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What exactly is a CT scan?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
Computed Tomography: uses a system of rotating x-ray and detectors, and digital data processing, to produce detailed images of various body parts. The patient ls positioned on a table and passed thru the rotating tube housed within a circular gantry.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can CT scan miss stones?

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Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 30 years experience
Yes.: It depends on the composition of the stone. Gallstones are usually cholesterol and may not be calcified. Tiny urate renal stones may alson not be seen.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is an hh CT scan?

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Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
HH?: Some places are performing coronary artery ct scans to calculate calcium score of the heart. They are using the term heart healthy scan. Amount of calcium can determine your risk of heart attack. Hh can be used as short hand for hiatal hernia. Hernias can be seen on ct chest/ abdomen.
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A 41-year-old female asked:

How accurate is a CT scan?

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Dr. Peter Nefcy
Radiology 39 years experience
Difficult to say: A CT scan is a mathematical model of the inside of whatever body part is being scanned, based on the measurement of attenuation of the x-ray beam from multiple points on the outside. The accuracy is determined by whether a specific size abnormality can be seen, which varies with different diseases. A CT abnormality seen is accurate, but the disease causing this may not be easily determined.

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