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Ct Abdominal Scan A Year Ago
Should I worry about cancer if I had a single head ct scan 8 years ago, kidney Xray 5 years ago,spine Xray and mri 1year ago chest X-ray 1 month ago
No.: These diagnostic procedures will not measurably increase your risk of cancer over your background or natural risk. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more
Testicular cancer CT: There is a very good chance a CT scan would indeed see a testicular cancer if present. Late stage testicular cancer can spread into the abdomen and a CT scan would likely reveal those changes. A CT scan may also be able to see the testicles as well. See you doctor if you are worried or have found an abnormality. ...Read more
I had a cat scan that stated i had a right -sided mass an emergency colonscopy was done and showed nothing why would a CT scan show a mass?
Many reasons: If ct of abdomen showed abnormality in kidney or bladder suspicious for cancer. Abnormalities in other organs such as liver, pancreas, bowel can also be seen. Ct exam also demonstrates lower lung field and if something a nodule or pleural effusion was visualized. A bone scan is survey looking for metastatic bone disease. Sometimes bone abnormalities suspicious for tumor can also be detected on ct. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could a brain tumor be mistaken for a calcification on non-contrast ct scan? Had scan 2 yrs ago, told normal, small calc. Having headaches/dizzy now.
It is: possible but unlikely. Most intracranial calcifications are benign and have a typical appearance and/or location. ...Read more
Had ct. scan w/oral cntrst of abdomin, all normal. Is CT scan w/ oral contrast reliable of abdomin? Was having bloat and gas. Had ultrasound prior.
Is MRI scan good as CT scan for identifying why I have persistent abdominal pain for last 6 months.
Pain for a year. Hospitalized for pancreatitis six mo ago They did a HIDA scan, CT, MRI. Nothing found. What's my next step? I'm still in pain!
Chronic Pancreatitis: There is an entity known as chronic pancreatitis that can persist in the form or chronic abdominal pain. HIDA, CT and MRI can be negative in this setting, as can lab tests, though commonly lipase and/or amylase are mildly elevated. Your next step would be to follow-up with a GI specialist to check your blood levels and discuss the possible need for pancreatic enzyme replacement, which may help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whats better for diagnosing pancreatic cancer.... Ct scan or mri? I've had normal ultrasound and CT scan with contrast. Still worried.
Whats better for diagnosing pancreatic cancer? Ct scan or mri? 34yr male. I've had normal ultrasound and CT scan with contrast. Still worried.
CT, ERCP, MRCP: Thin-slice (3 mm) ct abdomen yields fine detail of pancreatic structures... Blood tests including tumor markers: ca-19-9, ca-15-3, and cea can alert the clinician for ca. Also, ERCP w/ ductal brushings (though its endoscopy) can search for malignancy. Finally, mrcp may add to the clinical picture, but 64-bit ct is slowly encroaching on the former's superiority. ...Read more
Had CT scan on pelvis/abdomen with contrast 2 years ago & a full body cta with contrast a few months ago. I have a vitamin d deficiency. Cancer risk?
Would an abdominal/pelvic Ct scan w/contrast typically miss colon cancer? I have severe constipation and pencil thin stools but CT scan was normal.
Do small nodes seen ct scan near colon warrant ct scan follow up after colonscopy found 'mild colitis' ? This would be 5th ct scan in 6 yrs.
I have had this pain for several years, since 2010. From 2010 to 2013 have had 2 HIDA scan, 2 endoscopies, 1 colonoscopy, and a CT scan that seemed to show nothing. A couple days ago I had an Ultrasound done which showed a contracted gallbladder. ?
Over last 2 months I've had a CT contrast colongraphy a chest CT contrast bloods endoscopy .why have they missed the cancer i know is ther in pancreas?
Pancreas: The CTs are not tailored to look at the pancreas and therefor may not visualize pancreatic lesions. Different scan parameters(pancreatic mass protocol) are required. Standard upper endoscopy wouldn't be able to evaluate the pancreas....pancreas endoscopic ultrasound would. So you haven't had the proper tests to evaluate for pancreatic mass yet. ...Read more
Had a CT abdominal & pelvic scan found a 7 mm lung spot on the lower left lung. Radiologist wants a CT lung scan done. Thoughts?
Get it done: The ct will show if you have other nodules or evidence of previous infection, such as histoplasmosis, that commonly cause nodules. After that your doctor can know if you need any further procedure or followup. Don't worry too much, these nodules are common and mostly benign. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Had l.Lower.Q ache on/off for 2 weeks - us showed poss mass. Now want CT scan.Colonos 2 yrs ago w/diverticulosis.Scared.Cancer?Divert?Hernia?(female)
Many possibilities: Its normal to be scared when an ultasound shows a possible mass and further imaging is needed. It is important to get the ct in order to help the doctor to make a diagnosis. Often times the ct scan shows there is no finding to support the ultrasound findings. But it is important to get the study. No sense in speculating the possibilities get the studies and follow up with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had a CT abdominal & pelvic scan found a 7 mm lung spot on the lower left lung. Radiologist wants a CT lung scan done ?
I recently had a CT scan w/ contrast of my abdomen which showed gastric wall thickening. My doc now ordered upper endosc. W/ ct. Possible cause?
One possibility: Usually "thickening" of the stomach gets reported to make sure stomach cancer (rare) doesn't get missed...Unfortunately the stomach has a wide range of normal appearances including "thickened" (relatively more common) so we are left with getting an upper endoscopy...Just to be sure everything is ok. It's hard to be more precise without seeing the images. Make sure you follow up with your doctor. ...Read more
I've had mucroscopic hematuria in urine for a year. 1 yr ago had CT abd/pel. Also recent ultrasound of bladder. Could it be undiscovered CA?
Cystoscooy: Hematuria can result from bleeding from the kidney, ureter, bladder or urethra. A thorough kidney work up should be done by a nephrologist to exclude diseases of the kidney. A urologist should do a Cystoscooy and possibly radiographic procedures to look at the ureters and collecting system of the kidneys. Causes of hematuria include stones, tumors, chronic cystitis, infections and nephritis. ...Read more
I might need two CT scans this year one for abdomen and one for chest, is that to many, could that many be risk to my health?
Very small risk: If appropriately used, the medical benefit of ct scans far outweighs the potential risks associated with radiation from ct scans. We are all exposed to natural background radiation in normal daily life, and the radiation from a ct scan is not much more than the radiation an average person gets exposed to in a year. ...Read more
Question if a CT scan showed nothing in abdomen can something drastic can change with in a year like tumor in pancreas or other organs next to it?
While anything is: Possible, an unremarkable scan a year ago is still reassuring. But for new bothersome symptoms, you should seek a re-evaluation ... just in case. ...Read more
I had two pelvic/abdomen CT scans in one year. Should I be concerned? It said two exposures per CT scan each at 15 msv.
How risky is an abdominal CT scan for a 34 year old male? Starting to get nervous after reading a lot of material online.
Is a CT scan dangerous to a 23 year old, (abdominal) virtual colonoscopy? How many standard x-rays equivelant roughly ?
Does have some risks: Ct scans do expose you to a modest dose of radiation which is not harmful if you have good indications for doing this test and there is no better alternative. Virtual colonoscopy is not yet proven to replace standard colonoscopy. Moreover it is recommended only for over 50 years of age. Since you are 23 year old, you have to have a good reason to have virtual colonoscopy instead of regular exams. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've had 6 CT scans in a year. Is this really dangerous for me? Should I be worried about getting cancer now? The CTa were: 1 head, 2 abdomen, 3 chest
Almost no risk of Ca: Please see: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-much-ct-scans-increase-risk-cancer/ also: 1) Risk of induced Ca from 6 CTs is very, very low. 2) There may be cellular repair at doses as low as CT, limiting cancer induction. (We don't know how much). 3) Whatever the theoretical risk, there must be a good reason to do the CT in the first place. I would worry more about why so many CTs. ...Read more
I'm a 26 year old female with a DHEA sulfate level 845 CT scan for abdomen and pelvic area came back clear could there be a tumor somewhere else or wh?
Why should you not take metformin for 48 hours after having a CT scan had CT scan for pain in abdomen have had 3 surgeries in the last year all dealing with my pancreas .The CT tech told me not to take my metformin for 48 hours and i would like to know wh
The iodine dye: Can cause decrease in renal function or even renal failure. If you are taking metformin and go into renal failure, the metformin can accumulate in your system and cause problems. You don't actually have to stop the metformin, if you get a blood test for kidney function a day after the dye, and it's ok, you can just continue the metformin. The 48 hours is an arbitrary and nonsensical fda rule. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is a one-year-old abdominal CT scan that detected Nutcracker syndrome too old to look at for a second opinion ?
Not too old: Second opinions can be given on any study. If your symptoms have gotten worse, then a newer study may show more disease, but the old study may still contribute some information to the diagnosis. You can contact me on my profile by pressing Send Message to start a consult. ...Read more
Ct scan showed enlarged ovaries,suggesting PCOS. Pelvic pain since last year,spotting+heaviness in abdomen. Normal weight no extra body hair?Possible?
39 yo male. Pain in the lower left quadrant of abdomen for 2 years. Ct scan unremarkable except shows bladder wall thickening. Could this be cause?
Appendiceal Stump: One possibility is ct visualization of an apendiceal stump. This is a residual appendix from incomplete appendectomy most commonly occurs when the appendix is removed prophylactically during another operation with poor visualisation through a distant incision. Also, if appendicitis is complicated by an abscess that surrounds the appendix, inadequate removal can occur leaving a residual stump. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Noticed pea sized tender lump in groin, next to scrotum. hard to find at times. Tender when touched Hernia? Cancer? Abdominal CAT scan ok a year ago
Here are some...: Incidentally self-palpating a bump on or beneath skin here and there is a common expected life experience, however, which has induce a lot of unnecessary anxiety in wake of concerning cancer. If found, it's reasonable to be evaluated once; if the impression is uneventful and it remains stable in size, shape, & number, leave it alone and do nothing. If still worried, re-evaluate in 2-3 years. ...Read more
Male,61,with IBS(negative virtual colonoscopy 3 years ago).Recent normal abdominal-pelvic MRI,except minimal fluid in recto-vesical pouch.CAT SCAN?!
MRI usually provides a better image than CAT scan and there is no radiation involved. From what you described, it is not likely that CAT scan would add any value to the imagining studies already done.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
3cts in one year bad?? Had 1 head ct, 1 abdomen CT and wanting to order one more head ct? Also had upper GI with the x rays
Possibly: Certainly you are aware that all of the CT's and the upper G.I. series exposed you to some radiation. The total amount of radiation that you would expect is not likely to cause any acute damage or symptoms. However, in general it is a good idea to avoid radiation if possible. I would not shy away from x-rays when necessary, but avoid them in situations that they can be avoided. Good luck. ...Read more
An AFP values of 15 ng ml that remained the same one year later is important? Inicial abdominal eco and ct showed liver hemangioma. Hep C and B neg.
AFP alone is unrelia: Tumor markers like AFP are not useful tests and are often misleading. So these are not recommended to be done. Now that you have had it done, recheck in one year...If it remains unchanged, you can ignore it as an anomaly, nothing of concern. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is volumetric CT scan of abdomen? Is that ok for better results for finding any abnormalities in the abdomen?
A regular CT is fine: There is no particular advantage to what you are calling volumetric ct. A regular ct will pick up any abnormalities of concern. If it is ok, do not worry any further. ...Read more
I have done 3 separate ct scans. 2 abdomen, 1 chest. The reports do not mention anything about lymphnodes. Does this mean there were no visible ones?
Lymph nodes: It most likely means that there were no abnormal ones. Lymph nodes are normal structures, and, if normal, may not be mentioned on a CT report. ...Read more
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