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What does a hypodense white matter lesion on CT scan mean?

What does a hypodense white matter lesion on CT scan mean?

White matter lesions: Lesions in the brain are not good. Hypodense lesions are seen which lead to further studies to evaluate the lesions for infection or malignancy. Discuss any findings with your neurologist (ms, sarcoid) or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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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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My CT scan results came back deep white matter ischemic should I be concerned?

My CT scan results came back deep white matter ischemic should I be concerned?

Possibly: At your age, deep white matter ischemic changes are not common. There are a few possibilities: either you have engaged in activities that have harmed your brain (ie- excessive alcohol intake or other toxins), or you are predisposed to small vessel disease (common in diabetics) or it is possible that a demyelinating condition like ms can cause this appearance. I would recommend seeing a neurologist. ...Read more

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CT Scan today showd micro ischemic changes in white matter. What does that mean and how serious is this issue?

CT Scan today showd micro ischemic changes in white matter. What does that mean and how serious is this issue?

White matter changes: Seriousness of the "issue" depends on how severe it is. I'm sure you didn't just wander into a CT facility and made an impulse purchase. Your doctor ordered the CT for a REASON. What was it? The CT isn't the patient; you are. Test results are meaningless without a clinical context. What is it? The ordering doctor is ethically obligated to explain the result to you; or to find someone who can. ...Read more

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Brain scan with lots of white matter show on CT scan, why?

Brain scan with lots of white matter show on CT scan, why?

Not clear: Your question is not clear. White matter is normally present in the brain. Was there something specificly commented on about the white matter on your scan? ...Read more

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What disease would be indicated if a CT scan showed a reduction of grey and white matter in the brain?

What disease would be indicated if a CT scan showed a reduction of grey and white matter in the brain?

Long list.: See brain atrophy at rightdiagnosis. Com. Discuss concerns with your doctor and a neurologist. ...Read more

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Why do doctors ask to do MRI and CT scan and all I get is all normal. But it say nonspecific hypoattenuation within white matter t2 flair hyperintensi?

Why do doctors ask to do MRI and CT scan and all I get is all normal. But it say nonspecific hypoattenuation within white matter t2 flair hyperintensi?

Artifact.: What it does show is a nonspecific finding that the radiologist cannot define exactly what the character is. Also it does not show any signs specific for a disease process, tumor, cancer or other lesion. At best your primary care doctor maybe reorder another study in three months to one year later to see if there is any change if the reason you had in the first place persists. ...Read more

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When a neurologist says age related dense white matter and says don't ever have a CT scan to the head. What would your answer be? I have a sinus cyst.

I'm puzzled: If you have sinus issue, best visualization comes from cat scan techniques. Guess the white matter lesions were seen on an mri, but, if "dense", at your age of 45, not sure what that might mean either. Seems to be a communication issue here. Sit down and have a lengthy conversation and clear up these issues. ...Read more

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Ct scan (can't have an MRI) shows white matter abnormality in right temporal occipital region. I have CVID and masssive migraines lately in right occi?

Ct scan (can't have an MRI) shows white matter abnormality in right temporal occipital region. I have CVID and masssive migraines lately in right occi?

White matter CT: You most likely have microvascular damage to small vessels in brain due to long standing hypertension. I specialize in this issue. ...Read more

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When a neurologist says age related dense white matter and says don't ever have a CT scan to the head. What would your answer be, and I have a sinus cyst?

When a neurologist says age related dense white matter and says don't ever have a CT scan to the head. What would your answer be, and I have a sinus cyst?

Doesn't make sense: Typically the white matter becomes less dense as people age due to small vessel ischemic changes. The comment made regarding don't ever have a ct scan may relate to concerns that could be raised due to ct findings related to aging of the brain. This is not a reason not to have a ct scan if it is indicated. ...Read more

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My CT scan result shows - right frontal lobe subcortical white matter tiny chronic infarct- and mild cerebral atrophic changes.?

My CT scan result shows - right frontal lobe subcortical white matter tiny chronic infarct- and mild cerebral atrophic changes.?

THAT RESULT IS: Consistent with small blood vessel atherosclerotic cerebrovascular disease. Very common in patients with hypertension and or diabetes, but unusual if younger than 50-60-70's. ...Read more

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I recently had a CT scan of the brain and I want to know what do these findings actually mean? The findings are as follows: focus of decreased density in the sub-cortical white matter of the left frontal lobe, per-ventricular ischemic change. No mass or m

I recently had a CT scan of the brain and I want to know what do these findings actually mean? The findings are as follows: focus of decreased density in the sub-cortical white matter of the left frontal lobe, per-ventricular ischemic change. No mass or m

Your: Your ct findings are suggestive of cerebrovascular disease, which is usually caused by atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Smokers and people with uncontrolled hypertension or high cholesterol are commonly affected by cerebrovascular disease. The areas around your brain's ventricles (these are simply hollow chambers within your brain) are particularly susceptible to the reduced blood flow caused by this condition -- hence the "peri-ventricular ischemic change." the area of decreased density in your left frontal lobe could be due to a "lacunar infarct" (i.e., a small stroke), which is another common complication of cerebrovascular disease.
Your doctor can help you sort through the potential causes of (and treatment for) cerebrovascular disease. If you're a smoker, quitting would be of great benefit to your brain.
I hope things go well for you! ...Read more

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Ordered CT scan brain MRI for lumbar spine after fall stairs lft leg has been numb 3yr prior to stairs spine not bad brain chronic microvascular ishemic white matter disease ms? Autoimmune?

Ordered CT scan brain MRI for lumbar spine after fall stairs lft leg has been numb 3yr prior to stairs spine not bad brain chronic microvascular ishemic white matter disease ms? Autoimmune?

Ischemic Brain: Not likely. At your age, the vascualr ischemia is more apt to be due to chronic high blood pressure or diabetes. It is important to follow up on this with your doctor to avoid small lesions called "lacunar" infarcts. Often, medication can be prescribed which will improve your micro vascualr integrity and avoid further damage. ...Read more

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Hello I had a car accident and my cat scan came up I have mild periventricular white matter disease. Can the car accident show pwm this after two day?

Hello I had a car accident and my cat scan came up I have mild periventricular white matter disease. Can the car accident show pwm this after two day?

Not due to accident: This is not due to your accident. YOu need to see a Neurologist. Potential causes of this include long standing hypertension. ...Read more

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My cat scan showed mild intracranial atrophy and mild supratentorial small vessel white matter disease?

See your doctor: These findings need to be put into perspective with respect to the symptoms which led to the decision to order the ct scan in the first place. In some, these could be consgtrued as normal findings, though 45 years old is young for these. ...Read more

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I got my first seizure during school and now my CT scan came back normal (yay no brain tumors or anything!) but my EEG came back abnormal?

I got my first seizure during school and now my CT scan came back normal (yay no brain tumors or anything!) but my EEG came back abnormal?

Brain tumor: A normal ct scan is good but if the eeg is abnormal then you need to be evaluated by a neurologist who can assess whether you need to be further treated for the seizure history. ...Read more

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What could be wrong if a CT scan shows brain abnormalities?

What could be wrong if a CT scan shows brain abnormalities?

CT sees many things: Ct is most commonly used to look for a stroke, bleed, cancer or traumatic injury. Ct can see many other things which are too numerous to list. ...Read more

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Abnormality found on brain in ct scan. What could this mean?

Abnormality found on brain in ct scan. What could this mean?

It could be: Any of 100 different diagnoses. It depends on where in the brain, whether it involves the gray matter or white matter or cerebrospinal fluid chambers. We'd need more detail to comment. ...Read more

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Would a CT scan pick up on parasites in brain?

Would a CT scan pick up on parasites in brain?

Parasites: Ct scans detect changes in the brain substance that are produced by a variety of diseases. Sometimes the findings may suggest one illness over another, but they are never specifically diagnostic. Thing like cysticerus, toxoplasmosis, and others are very likely but must be proven by other techniques. ...Read more

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What types of brain tumors won't show up on a CT scan?

Small low grade mass: Some small low grade tumors that have not incited vasogenic edema could be missed on ct scanning. The addition of IV contrast would improve visualization of some tumors, but ct has limits in resolution when compared to mri. These are not the tumors that cause profound symptoms, frequently these small tumors are found incidentally when patients have scans for other reasons. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan detect brain aneurysms?

Can a CT scan detect brain aneurysms?

CT angiogram: A regular ct scan might detect a large aneurysm with calcium. A test that is designed specifically to look for aneurysms is the ct angiogram. With this test contrast goes into the vessels of the brain. If there is an aneurysm that is larger than 2 mm, it should be detected with this technique. ...Read more

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What is a CT scan (brain) used for?

See the brain, skull: While xrays show the bones, a ct is sensitive enough to see the brain and its structures. Ct is vers useful to see blood, abnormal fluid collections, masses, areas of old or subacute stroke. The skull, sinuses, scalp and facial bones, eyes, mouth are also seen. Mri is even more sensitive for visualization of the brain and other soft tissue structures and may be required if the ct is positive. ...Read more

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Why would they want CT scan of brain?

Many reasons: There are many reasons to order a ct scan of the brain. Too numerous to list here. But I'm guessing your doctor has some clinical suspicion a process in the brain is responsible for your symptoms and is using a ct head to help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Should we CT scan the brain for dizzyness?

MRI is the: Single best imaging test. It should be performed without and with contrast. However, there are some physical diagnostic tests that may provide an answer. ...Read more

White Matter (Definition)

White matter is one of the two components of the central nervous system and consists of glial cells and myelinated axons that transmit signals from one region of the cerebrum to another and between the cerebrum and lower brain centers. White matter tissue of the freshly cut brain appears pinkish white to the naked eye because myelin is composed largely of lipid ...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