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Abdomen pain and suspicion, should I get a CT scan or mri?

Abdomen pain and suspicion, should I get a CT scan or mri?

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

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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Female 32 lower left abdomen pain 6+ months MRI/CT scan normal pain worsens with coughing sneezing and laughing have IUD any suggestions?

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

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Could an internal hernia, in the mid-abdomen, be missed on CT scan? Is MRI more accurate? Thank you.

Could an internal hernia, in the mid-abdomen, be missed on CT scan? Is MRI more accurate?  Thank you.

No: An internal hernia can only be suspected post surgery when signs of partial bowel obstruction develops due to a loop entering a defect in mesentery or equivalent and bowel dilatation develops which can be defined by both CAT and MRI ...Read more

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Can CT scan and MRI of pelvis and abdomen also gather images of the interior colon?

Can CT scan and MRI of pelvis and abdomen also gather images of the interior colon?

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 more

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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

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Intermittent dully/achy left testicle and lower left abdomen pain. Ultrasounds and CT Scan show nothing. What else could it be?

Intermittent dully/achy left testicle and lower left abdomen pain. Ultrasounds and CT Scan show nothing. What else could it be?

Infection: could be infection in the testicle, or in the cord, or it could be a varicocele, which is a large varicose vein in the cord. it is not torsion otherwise the ultrasound will show something. see a urologist for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan contrast cause abdomen pain and back pain all day long.my husband had a scan for abd nd pelvis. Havin this pain the preceding day.

Can a CT scan contrast cause abdomen pain and back pain all day long.my husband had a scan for abd nd pelvis. Havin this pain the preceding day.

Can.: Oral contrast can cause constipation which could lead to those symptoms. Should resolve with time as long as the CT did not demonstrate something that could interfere. Can use a laxative if necessary and not contraindicated. ...Read more

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Epigastric pain, back and upper right quad pain for 6 weeks. Pancreas ct scan with contrast normal. worried about pancreatic cancer. Ct reassuring ?

Epigastric pain, back and upper right quad pain for 6 weeks. Pancreas ct scan with contrast normal. worried about pancreatic cancer. Ct reassuring ?

YES: the CT is reassuring however a lesion in your upper GI tract (esophagus/stomach) should be ruled out as well! Ask the Health Care Provider who ordered your CT scan...he/she probably can "take a look"(endoscopy) Hope this helps/good luck/be well Dr Z ...Read more

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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 more

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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

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

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Is MRI scan good as CT scan for identifying why I have persistent abdominal pain for last 6 months.

Possibly so: Some times it is a personal preference amount physicians as to which modality you might need. My preference is for ct. For me, MRI is still a good problem solver. Ct is still quick easy and cheaper than the mri. Still you should check with your physician. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Not very much: Depending on the severity of pain further investigation could be needed. Was the CT done per kidney stone protocol? A CT angiogram could help to exclude vascular problems. ...Read more

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Had cholecystectomy just over a year ago. Now abdominal pain .GP diagnosed gastritis. Taking PPI. no improvement. is bile the culprit. MRI scan Normal?

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

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How do a CT scan and a MRI differ?

How do a CT scan and a MRI differ?

Imaging tests: Ct uses radiation, like multiple x-rays. Mri uses magnets, and is very useful in characterizing soft tissue differences such as in the brain or joints, but also is more expensive and takes much more time. ...Read more

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How is a CT scan and an MRI different?

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 more

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How can I change my CT scan to an mri?

How can I change my CT scan to an mri?

Talk: To ordering physician. Tests can only be done with a doctor's order. Mri may not show what the doc is looking for. ...Read more

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What is involved in getting a CT scan? Mri?

What is involved in getting a CT scan? Mri?

See your doc: First you have to see a doctor to be evaluated. If your symptoms suggest something that needs further work-up, then your doctor may order a ct or mri. Your insurance company may have to approve as well. ...Read more

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Which is more important, or more valuable to a dr; a MRI or a CT scan?

Which is more important,  or more valuable to a dr; a MRI or a CT scan?

It depends: Vonn: these exams work in different ways and it would depend on what your doctor is looking for as to which test might yield the best or most productive result. There are even many instances where both tests are done. I would not label one as more valuable or more important over the other. ...Read more

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What advantages does an MRI have over CT scan?And what advantages a CT scan have over mri?

What advantages does an MRI have over CT scan?And what advantages a CT scan have over mri?

Depends : On body part imaged. See radiologyinfo.Org for detailed discussion of these studies. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Mri (Definition)

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


Dr. Michael Gabor
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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