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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

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


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Can a pelvic/abdominal CT scan with barium and IV contrast detect back problems and sciatica?

Can a pelvic/abdominal CT scan with barium and IV contrast detect back problems and sciatica?

Sciatica work up: Unless you are having problems with your GI tract, a pelvic/Abdominal CT Scan will not detect back problems or sciatica. CT or MRI of the spine, LS Spine x-ray, or EMG/Nerve Conduction studies are just a few of the tests used to evaluate Sciatica/LBP. Follow up with your PCM or an Orthopedic Surgeon if you are having chronic LBP or Sciatica symptoms. If you have GI tract problems, see a GI Doc. ...Read more

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What can an abdominal CT scan with IV dye and barium sulfate solution find?

What can an abdominal CT scan with IV dye and barium sulfate solution find?

Many things: In general areas of abnormal growth such as a tumor or fluid cyst, or areas of swelling such as inflammation or infection. The intravenous contrast solution and swallowed barium help the radiologist identify and separate nearby structures and organs, and help to better visualize possible abnormalities. ...Read more

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How should I prepare for an abdominal CT scan?

How should I prepare for an abdominal CT scan?

Fast and drink prep: You will be asked to fast for several hours beforehand. Then, you will probably be given some flavored contrast to drink, which is a type of dye to make the scans show more detail. You may also need to have an IV inserted to get IV contrast. The exact details will vary based on why the scan was ordered. The radiology department will give you exact instructions for your particular test. ...Read more

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Does an abdominal CT scan show polyps?

Sometimes: But not usually. Polyps are usually too small, and ct scan does not distend colon adequately. Best test for colon polyps is colonoscopy by gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Can an abdominal CT scan with contrast see a hernea?

Can an abdominal CT scan with contrast see a hernea?

Possibly: An abdominal CT examines the abdomen from the belly button up to the bottom of the chest. A pelvic CT examines the body from the belly button to the bottom of the pelvis. The test for the 'abdomen' is generally ordered as CT of the abdomen and pelvis with and /or without contrast. A CT of the abdomen and pelvis should detect a hernia. Sometimes an ultrasound is ordered in addition to and/or instea ...Read more

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How long should you wait after an abdominal CT scan to drink ?

How long should you wait after an abdominal CT scan to drink ?

Depends: On why the ct scan is being done. Do not know if you mean drinking fluids like water & juice which are fine right after the radiology study is completed unless there are concerns of bowel obstruction. If you mean drinking alcohol then that depends mostly on why the ct scan was being done. Ask the radiologist or your doctor ordering the study. ...Read more

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What can an abdominal CT scan see?

What can an abdominal CT scan see?

Too long to list: Ct scan is a form of x-ray in which the radiation source & detectors rotate around the patient as she moves through the plane of the beam. As with all x-rays, it measures different density to the radiation, but the computer takes the raw data and reconstructs cross sectional images like slices of bread. While still limited to differences in density, it can resolve to a few millimeters. ...Read more

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What is an abdominal CT scan like?

What is an abdominal CT scan like?

See: Radiologyinfo.Org for good info about ct scans. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Korona
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Ct scan uses data from a beam of xrays and reconstructs a cross sectional image of your body. It is a high dose of xrays and used only when the benefits outweigh the risk. Cancer risk is 1 in 500 in children. Also using iodinated contrast might cause transient renal failure in about 5% of patients. (contrast induced nepropathy) most do not explain this to the patient as ...Read more


Barium (Definition)

Barium is a chemical element with symbol ba and atomic number 56. It is the fifth element in group 2, a soft silvery metallic alkaline earth metal. Because of its high chemical reactivity barium is never found in nature as a free element. Its hydroxide was known in pre-modern history as baryta; this substance does not occur as a mineral, but can be prepared ...Read more