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A 32-year-old female asked:

Could a head ct without contrast show inflamed blood vessel? i know an mri would be better for this but could ct catch it too?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Elden Rand
Cardiology 22 years experience
No: A noncontrast head ct would not tell you the information you require about inflammation in the blood vessels - unless there was associated bleeding.
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Dr. J. David Prologo
21 years experience
Unlikely: Unlikely. Evaluation of the blood vessels with ct is tough - and impossible without contrast.
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Last updated Feb 12, 2014

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