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Abnormal White Matter On Ct Scan
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
Nonspecific: Scattered white spots confined to the white matter of the brain are fairly common and not specific for a certain disease. White spots in a person less than 50 yrs. Old, however, are usually abnormal and may be seen with multiple sclerosis among many other entities. As one ages, these are more likely due to tiny arterial blockages and are fairly common in people over 70 yrs. Old. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Common finding: The scan probably read as "non specific white matter changes" which is can be seen in scans of people with migraine. This is a fairly common statement in a radiology report. The findings should be correlated with your physician's evaluation. There may be a reason to repeat the MRI in six months to a year. ...Read more
What does the results few tiny nonenhancing T2/FLAIR signal foci within the subcortical frontal & right temporal white matter of an MRI brain scan? scan was done for numbness on left side
It depends: Usually these types of findings are nonspecific, and most likely age related. They are generally asymptotic and there is no treatment. Occasionally they are a sign of other disorders, so speak to your physician to decide whether there is any follow up needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
May be benign tumor: PET scan shows the degree of metabolic activity and the CT shows the dimensions of the lesion that is producing metabolic activity(or lacking it.). Increased metabolic activity is a common feature of cancer as well as Inflammation. If there is no increased uptake of PET material(that means it is hypometabolic, as opposed to hypermetabolic, the lesion/tumor is unlikely to be Cancer(with a few exe ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things.: It can detect many conditions. Ct is particulaly good at detecting bleeding in the acute setting and hydrocephalus, and some masses. It's not nearly as good as MRI for looking at small structures and white matter disease. Both ct and MRI are usually more sensetive and specific when contrast is given. ...Read more
Glucose metabolism: PET with F18 FDG, glucose metabolite, determines glucose metabolism of normal and abnormal structures.For example, sometimes lymph nodes are visualized on CT and do no know whether benign or malignant. In general malignant lesions are more active and have higher metabolism of glucose ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Takes up tracer: Pet scans work by imaging a tracer that is a sugar analogue. Since tissue/cells that are more "metabolically active" take up more glucose tracer, we refer to that as "hypermetabolic". Diagnostically, this can mean a number of things and depends on the context. Inflammatory cells and malignant cells (cancer) are typically hypermetabolic. One would have to look at the context and medical history. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What does the results few tiny nonenhancing T2/FLAIR signal foci within the
subcortical frontal & right temporal white matter of an MRI brain scan?
Blood vessels: Most likely would be blood vessels. But that also depends on why you had the test in the first place. Usually in young people we don't see too many of these white or bright spots. As we get older they show up. Ask your doctor to explain the results on general ...Read more
Mri says scattered white matter, also says no lessions or mass effect detected, isn't scattered white matter lesions?
Yes, but...: Nonspecific abnormality (lesion). From your submission, there are no masses, clots, tumors, increased pressure in the brain, etc.-all reassuring. Talk to your doc. ...Read more
What does 'prominent soft tissue density demonstrating decreased attenuation on postcontrast imaging' mean on a CT report?
Depends...: Depends on where in the body it is what structure it is referring to - like a lymph node, in an organ, outside an organ or lymph node region, or in the subcutaneous tissues. I would need more information to expand more. ...Read more
Had chest ct scan done due to abnormal chest x-ray the ct scan says small pluralparenchymal opacity in left lung base adjacent several cysts what does it mean?
Mgt: There may be several possible conditions associated with these findings. Infections may cause cysts. I would suggest a TB test and uploading the scan to your virtual EMR. ...Read more
I got an MRI that showed 1.6cm solid mass on interpolar region of kidney. Ct scan didn't show it. Is this norma?
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
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