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Abdominal Pain Mri Vs Ct Scan
Not really!: The CT will show spasm or edema ( swelling of the bowel wall) but you need something such as endoscopic studies to rule out any inflammatory disease which is a serious health issue, unlike that of irritable bowel which is also painful but not progress in most cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What can a hip/pelvic CT scan show that a MRI cannot? (dr ordered bilateral hip/pelvic CT scan 2x45min in machine-worried about radiation)
No: Iv contrast is often not used when the ct is for the purpose of looking for renal stones and in people with a history of contrast allergy or renal disease. It is often helpful in assessing persons with nonspecific abdominal symptoms as it will better show areas of inflammation, infection, and tumor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's difference between High HD Contrast CT scan vs Normal Chest CT with contrast evaluating interstitial lung markings?
Different chest CTs: High resolution chest CT usually with out intravenous contrast is used to define interstitial lung disease pattern, whether diffuse or localized process. CT of chest examination with contrast intravenously usually looking for tumors or metastases and acute infection in the lungs. ...Read more
Solid/hollow organs: Barium outlines GI tract; IV contrast helps outline solid organs. Expect to get views of stomach, duodenum, small bowel, colon, rectum; liver, spleen, , gall bladder/bile ducts, pancreas, adrenals, kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate or uterus, tubes, ovaries, vagina, lymph nodes, arteries, veins, assorted muscles. Generally get a view of diaphragm, lower lungs, pleura, spine, pelvis. More stuff. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 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.
X-ray of your belly: Ct, or computed tomography is a special was of taking x-rays that allows up to see the body in slices. We use contrast, a type of x-ray dye, to better see blood vessels (iv contrast) and the GI tract (oral contrast). The abdomen covers from the diaphragms through the kidneys, and the pelvis covers from the hip bones to your upper thighs. They are done for mahy reasons, not just cancer staging. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abd pain x 4 months, nausea,Abd CT showed severe stenosis of celiac artery possibly by ligament.Referred to vasc surgeon who ordered aorta scan. Why?
Part of workup: to check on other big vessels in your body, wish you all the best in the treatment process ...Read more
Not quite: The CT of the sinuses focuses in on the sinuses (though the radiation goes through the entire skull) and generally covers the entire set of sinuses (sphenoid, maxillary, frontal, ethmoid). The orbital CT will cover the eye sockets (and those pictures are zoomed in). While the sinuses lies behind the eyes (& so they overlap), the focus & coverage of these scans are slightly different. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: Chest ct is more commonly used to evaluate the lungs, blood vessels, bones, and soft tissues. Chest mri, which takes longer to perform, is typically reserved for evaluation of diseases of the blood vessels (aorta, etc.), the heart, or masses that need to be further characterized. Chest ct is better at evaluating the lungs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: First exam should be a simple abdomen xray. If doctor thinks the gallbladder could be diseased, then an ultrasound is best. Most other ailments best served with a ct scan. Mri can help if a patient can't have ct contrast because of prior reaction or poor functioning kidneys. Mri scans take longer, cost more, and not readily available as ct scans. ...Read more
Female 32 lower left abdomen pain 6+ months MRI/CT scan normal pain worsens with coughing sneezing and laughing have IUD any suggestions?
See a surgeon: A general surgeon does not necessarily mean you need surgery, but their training makes them experts in abd pains. A good History and physical may reveal possible causes, for example, if you ever had surgery, you may have adhesions in that area and when coughing, the "valsalva maneuver" is causing referred pain in the area, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more
Could an internal hernia, in the mid-abdomen, be missed on CT scan? Is MRI more accurate? Thank you.
In a recent CT Scan of the abdomen, I had a mild periportal lymphadenopathy. Is this something that should be addressed now vs. an MRI in 3 months?
CT Colongraphy: A special ct with bowel cleansing and gentle inflation of the colon can provide an excellent view of the inside of the colon. This specific protocol is called ct colonography, and not every imaging center or hospital can perform it well. Ask about special reviewing software, and how many ct colonographies performed per week. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
CT Scan benefit outweigh the risk? Im 23 with 3 CT scans already. Doctors concerned about chronic upper left abdomen pain radiating to back.
Depends: It depends on what your dr is concerned about. CT scans do provide significant radiation exposure. Some causes of left upper abdominal pain can e assessed by ultrasound or endoscopy, depending on your other symptoms and risks. If however, your doctor can provide good reason why CT scan is necessary, then it is probably worth doing. You can always seek a second opinion. ...Read more
Intermittent dully/achy left testicle and lower left abdomen pain. Ultrasounds and CT Scan show nothing. What else could it be?
I have this weird abdominal ache on my right back flank under my rib cage. Hurts sometimes when standing . It feels tired and a dull ache. Ct scan ok.?
Ache: Recommend blood work to check liver functions, if not already done. ...Read more
I went to the ER 2 weeks ago with sever right lower abdomen pain. They did a cat scan and said I had an ovarian cyst.ive been bleeding heavy with clot?
Obgyn follow up: Most ovarian cysts resolve on their own but each case should be evaluated individually. There are many treatments for heavy period. At your follow up visit you can discuss various treatment options to see what works for you. ...Read more
Epigastric pain, back and upper right quad pain for 6 weeks. Pancreas ct scan with contrast normal. worried about pancreatic cancer. Ct reassuring ?
I do not drink alcohol but i still have upper epigastric pain. Ct scan reported ascites. How can that be? I also have fluid on/in the liver. Is this why i still have the pain?
There are many : Causes of ascites, not just alcohol abuse. Please see your doctor for additional workup, likely to include a number of blood tests as well as taking a same of the ascites and analyzing its composition. You need to keep on this until you have a reason. Good luck, . ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Having right upper abdominal pain near flank no gallbladder removed last year mris CT xrays all neg so is bloodwrk/what is it? Er said muscle in 2013
Not sure but: Possibilities may include stagnant or slow flow of bile in d duct/cholestasis, ibs, pinched phrenic nerve underneath rib cage, muscle strain etc. Follow up with ur dr. Take care and god bless u! http://www.Gallbladderattack.Com/aftergallbladderremoval.Shtml http://ibs.About.Com/od/relatedconditions/a/ibs-after-gallbladder-removal.Html. ...Read more
Is MRI scan good as CT scan for identifying why I have persistent abdominal pain for last 6 months.
A mid back MRI ordered for history of 8 mo abdominal pain, right flank pain, 3 CT scans neg. How likely is it that the abd pain is spinal related?
Had cholecystectomy just over a year ago. Now abdominal pain .GP diagnosed gastritis. Taking PPI. no improvement. is bile the culprit. MRI scan Normal?
Physical exam: It depends on the site of your pain. You need to visit your general surgeon who will do a physical exam. When you describe your pain, when was the onset? Where exactly is the pain (right upper quadrant, vague, diffuse?), do you have abdominal tenderness? Bowel and bladder symptoms? Nausea? Refer to gastroenterology if pain persists as well. Get H.Pylori and upper GI scope to take a direct look. ...Read more
MRI vs CT: The main difference is that CT uses ionizing radiation and MRI uses radiowaves (non-ionizing radiation). It is the ionizing radiation that causes injury to the DNA and potential to develop a cancer down the road. In general, CT is good at looking a differences in radiation absorption (x-ray density). MRI is good at looking at subtle chemical differences (water and fat) in tissues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more
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