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CT Scan benefit outweigh the risk? I'm 23 with 3 CT scans already. Doctors concerned about chronic upper left abdomen pain radiating to back.

CT Scan benefit outweigh the risk? I'm 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

Dr. Mark Pack
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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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Been having feces that smell like burnt hair. The color is normal though. I've had this in the past but goes away over time. I recently had a CT scan of the abdomen and nothing abnormal was found.

Been having feces that smell like burnt hair. The color is normal though. I've had this in the past but goes away over time. I recently had a CT scan of the abdomen and nothing abnormal was found.

You have the answer: If the smell is intermittent, it has do with something you ingest. Sometimes it might be inhaled. Any changes in your meds, any supplements that you take? Try to keep a log and include activities. In few weeks you will have your answer. ...Read more

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What is volumetric CT scan of abdomen? Is that ok for better results for finding any abnormalities in the abdomen?

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

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Can pheochromocytomas sometimes be too small to see on CT scan of abdomen? How long would it take for them to grow big enough to be seen?

Can pheochromocytomas sometimes be too small to see on CT scan of abdomen? How long would it take for them to grow big enough to be seen?

Imaging: CT scan limit for detection is at 1 cm. So yes, could be too small to detect on imaging. Your doc can detect it with other techniques, such as blood labs, urine testing. Okay to ask to see a specialist, endocrinologist for help with diagnosis. Be well. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan of abdomen detect cancer?

Can a CT scan of abdomen detect cancer?

Sometimes.: It depends on many factors, the size of the cancer, the organ it involves, technical factors with the study, etc. There are many variables. Remember each cancer starts as a single cell, so we can never completely exclude the diagnosis even when a ct is completely normal. Pet/ct can show cancers that are virtually impossible to see on ct, even with contrast. ...Read more

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What is CT scan of abdomen and pelvic with contrast?

What is CT scan of abdomen and pelvic with contrast?

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 more

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Ct scan of abdomen shows nothing besides colon, right?

Ct scan of abdomen shows nothing besides colon, right?

Wrong: Ct scanning of the abdomen and pelvis shows the colon, yes, but not subtle mucosal lesions such as early cancer.
It shows your internal organs such as the liver, spleen, kidneys and pancreas in great detail.
It also shows your small intestinal and the numerous blood vessels. It can evaluate the connective tissue and fat to uncover inflammatory conditions or infections. ...Read more

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Ct scan of abdomen and pelvic with contrast means what?

Ct scan abdomen/pelv: It means you had symptoms related to your stomach and your doctor wanted to find out the cause and that's why he/she ordered the test. ...Read more

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Had CT scan of abdomen. Found some soft plaque and minimal hard plaque in aorta. Have since drastically changed my diet. Should I be worried?

Had CT scan of abdomen. Found some soft plaque and minimal hard plaque in aorta. Have since drastically changed my diet. Should I be worried?

Young: You're pretty young for that - you're wise to change your diet. If you smoke, that needs to go too. Try to exercise 30 minutes every day. Get that cholesterol under control. ...Read more

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Does CT scan of abdomen show reproductive organs?

Does CT scan of abdomen show reproductive organs?

May not.: Need ct of abdomen and pelvis or ct pelvis only to see uterus and ovaries. Testicles not always seen on these tests. Can see prostate and seminal vessicles however. See radiologyinfo. Org. ...Read more

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GI office called to say my CT scan of abdomen looks good but that he wants to have me come in to discuss findings next week. Is this normal?

GI office called to say my CT scan of abdomen looks good but that he wants to have me come in to discuss findings next week. Is this normal?

Yes this is normal: Sounds like you have great provider willing to take time to discuss what the findings are. Often medical tests can show many findings which are not significant. Your provider may want to make sure you understand everything they found, explain it to you and answer any questions you have. ...Read more

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CT SCAN of abdomen says, the dome of the liver is partially excluded. The liver is normal in size and attenuation, on noncontrast image. What does it mean?

CT SCAN of abdomen says, the dome of the liver is partially excluded. The liver is normal in size and attenuation, on noncontrast image. What does it mean?

Didn't get to see it: "Excluded" means it wasn't in the pictures. Somehow, the tech or someone made a mistake and didn't get enough pictures. The abdomen starts at the diaphragm (which covers the top, or dome, of the liver on the right side). A CT of the abdomen should go from the diaphragm through the pelvis. However, in your case they started lower down - missing the top (or dome) of the liver. ...Read more

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What does a CT scan of abdomen and pelvis show?

What does a CT scan of abdomen and pelvis show?

Shows: All abdominal and pelvic structures. See radiologyinfo. Org for good info. ...Read more

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Had CT scan of abdomen and spine for rib pain, did this check lungs too?

Had CT scan of abdomen and spine for rib pain, did this check lungs too?

Lungs: Ct abdomen will include the lower lungs and a ct thoracic spine (depending on the technique used) may include a portion of or the entire lungs fields. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Had CT scan of abdomen and spine for rib pain, does this check lungs?

Had CT scan of abdomen and spine for rib pain, does this check lungs?

No: It shows a small amount of the lower part of the lungs, but not the top 4/5 ths. ...Read more

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Had a CT scan of abdomen, pelvis all was fine even appendix, but mine was removed 30 years ago.

Had a CT scan of abdomen, pelvis all was fine even appendix, but mine was removed 30 years ago.

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 more

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Having gallbladder attack but no gallstones noted last November on CT scan of abdomen. What else can cause an attack?

Having gallbladder attack but no gallstones noted last November on CT scan of abdomen. What else can cause an attack?

Gallstones: Sometimes gallstones are of lower density, similar to bile, and if they are small, they may be difficult if not impossible to visualize on CT scan. So you could still have gallstones. Ultrasound would be the beast way to visualize them. Functional gallbladder disease/gallbladder dyskinesia, without stones, could also mimic biliary colic. ...Read more

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I have recently had a CT scan of abdomen and pelvis - no diseases.... Can I feel secure now or is a CT scan not that specific?

I have recently had a CT scan of abdomen and pelvis - no diseases.... Can I feel secure now or is a CT scan not that specific?

Usually: Today ct scans are quite reliable for most of the really bad things that can be a problem (they can be ruled out). However you should see a dr to correlate your symptoms with your ct findings for the best assessment and recommendations. ...Read more

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Is one CT scan of abdomen and pelvis likely to cause cancer?

Is one CT scan of abdomen and pelvis likely to cause cancer?

Not usually one: Radiation dose from ct is about 100 times chest x-ray. However the exact number of scans to induce cancer is not precisely known. If ct is necessary for diagnosis it is very accurate tool. Most institutions have reduced amount of exposure in recent years. If same diagnosis can be made with mr or ultrasound, non ionizing radiation, they should be chosen. Certain medical problems ct is necessary. ...Read more

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Male, 40, had CT scan of abdomen after an intense pain on right side. Report says atheromatous calcification of bilateral iliac arteries. Is that ok?

Atherosclerosis: Calcific atherosclerosis in a 40 year old male is not a positive sign of health. This may reflect severe, uncontrolled (or likely unknown) hypercholesterolemia or latent diabetes. This individual needs to see his physician and get his vascular health assessed. ...Read more

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6 weeks post op supracervical hyst with right side oopherectomy. I have flank pain where ovary was removed. What could this be? Dr says he doesn't know. Ct scan of abdomen normal.

Flank Pain: Flank pain suggests something involving the kidneys or it could be an infection or just residual pain. Check with your doctor again. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a CT scan of abdomen/pelvis that does not require me to ingest barium? My doc says I can but radiology dept. Says I can't.

Ct: This is an issue that has been debated for past 10 years. If you are concerned for kidney stone noncontrast study of choice. I know there is literature advocating no contrast, but I find most radiologist prefer contrast. It does help to define structures. ...Read more

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Left flank pain for one month. No injury. Tender to touch. Can't lay on left side. Cmp blood test was good. Psa. 49 dr said probably muscular. Ct scan of abdomen ok. What are other possibilities?

CT scan does not: ...Show the bowels very well. I suspect the pain to be either muscular or coming from your bowels. So if it does not settle down soon, you would be best helped by a gastroenterologist who can check your bowels for any ailments affecting your small or large intestine. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Computed tomography (ct scan) or computed axial tomography (cat scan), is a medical imaging procedure that utilizes computer-processed x-rays to produce tomographic images or 'slices' of specific ...Read more