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Will an ovarian cyst show up on an abdominal cat scan?

Will an ovarian cyst show up on an abdominal cat scan?

Maybe: The ovaries are in the pelvis and an abdominal ct frequently will not pick up the ovaries. If there is suspicion of a problem with the ovaries in particular, the best imaging of the ovaries is with a transvaginal ultrasound. ...Read more

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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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Is no news good news with an abdominal CT scan?

Is no news good news with an abdominal CT scan?

May not be.: Please make sure work up of your problem continues if you are still having symptoms. No test is perfect. ...Read more

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What can an abdominal CT scan pick up and see? Thnkss

What can an abdominal CT scan pick up and see? Thnkss

Best view of abdomen: The abdominal ct is the best quick view of the entire abdominal cavity. It provides a great picture of all organs and the abdominal wall, as well as the spine. This study can see everything from cancer to kidney stones to hernias to vertebral fractures to foreign bodies. Usually, you are given contrast which provides an even better view. Downside, radiation exposure similar to 400-500 x-rays. ...Read more

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Can an EGD see sub mucosal nodules that have been found on an abdominal CT scan??

Can an EGD see sub mucosal nodules that have been found on an abdominal CT scan??

Depends on depth: During an EGD, if the operator (GI doc) is experienced, he/she can perform an endoscopic ultrasound, which is an ultrasound probe placed at the end of the scope. Then, depending on how deep the nodule is located, it could be seen. Very large nodules (more than 5 cm in size) close to the wall will "indent" the stomach & can be seen that way as well. US is limited to about 1 cm nodules and larger. ...Read more

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What can an abdominal CT scan see?

What can an abdominal CT scan see?

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 more

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Does an abdominal CT scan show polyps?

Does an abdominal CT scan show polyps?

Sometimes: But not usually. Polyps are usually too small, and ct scan does not distend colon adequately. Best test for colon polyps is colonoscopy by gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Can an abdominal CT scan with contrast see a hernea?

Can an abdominal CT scan with contrast see a hernea?

Possibly: An abdominal CT examines the abdomen from the belly button up to the bottom of the chest. A pelvic CT examines the body from the belly button to the bottom of the pelvis. The test for the 'abdomen' is generally ordered as CT of the abdomen and pelvis with and /or without contrast. A CT of the abdomen and pelvis should detect a hernia. Sometimes an ultrasound is ordered in addition to and/or instea ...Read more

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Can an abdominal CT scan w/contrast show IBS?

Can an abdominal CT scan w/contrast show IBS?

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 does not progress in most cases. ...Read more

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What can an abdominal CT scan with IV dye and barium sulfate solution find?

What can an abdominal CT scan with IV dye and barium sulfate solution find?

Many things: In general areas of abnormal growth such as a tumor or fluid cyst, or areas of swelling such as inflammation or infection. The intravenous contrast solution and swallowed barium help the radiologist identify and separate nearby structures and organs, and help to better visualize possible abnormalities. ...Read more

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What can a small bowel follow-through show that an abdominal CT scan cannot?

What can a small bowel follow-through show that an abdominal CT scan cannot?

Transit time: This exam demonstrates the small bowel in detail and demonstrates the time it takes for the barium to get through the bowel. This test can also demonstrate anomalies, fistulas, leaks and blockages. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can be mistaken for an accessory spleen in an abdominal CT scan?

Lucky you-you got 2: There is probably a long list of very rare things--but accessory (extra) spleens are not uncommon and most radiologists are comfortable is identifying them. Never know when an extra spleen might come in handy. ...Read more

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Can an abdominal CT scan with and without contrast detect micronodular adrenal adenomas? What's the false negative possibilities?

Can an abdominal CT scan with and without contrast detect micronodular adrenal adenomas? What's the false negative possibilities?

Adrenal adenomas: With most gland problems, first figure out if the hormones are elevated. If so, THEN go looking for the tumor. This is because all glands form nodules, but these nodules often have no consequence. If you have a hormone elevation (Cushings, pheo, aldosteronoma) and the source is the adrenal, the CT will almost always find it. But this is complicated. See your Endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I did an abdominal CT scan and one of the things it showed was degenerative bone changes. What can cause this in a young adult? I'm only 26.

I did an abdominal CT scan and one of the things it showed was degenerative bone changes. What can cause this in a young adult? I'm only 26.

Do not worry: Wear and tear on our bodies happens all of the time. The question that needs to be asked is: "are the degenerative changes unusual for the patient's age? "

current ct technology is capable of clearly showing structures 2 mm (a little bigger than 1/16 of an inch). We see many things which may not clinically significant, i.e., give the patient problems or cause pain. ...Read more

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What would an abdominal CT scan show that an US wouldn't? RUQ discomfort under ribs. Had liver bloodwork 4 months ago, all normal. US came back normal

Rib fractures: CT could show a variety of things not seen on an US. The most likely would be rib fractures. Also, a CT is likely to note more suble changes of inflammation, and lymph adenopathy. Plus, the CT should provide a nice look at the pancreas which is often difficult to see on US ...Read more

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How should I prepare for an abdominal CT scan?

How should I prepare for an abdominal CT scan?

Fast and drink prep: You will be asked to fast for several hours beforehand. Then, you will probably be given some flavored contrast to drink, which is a type of dye to make the scans show more detail. You may also need to have an IV inserted to get IV contrast.

The exact details will vary based on why the scan was ordered. The radiology department will give you exact instructions for your particular test. ...Read more

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How long should you wait after an abdominal CT scan to drink?

How long should you wait after an abdominal CT scan to drink?

Depends: On why the ct scan is being done. Do not know if you mean drinking fluids like water & juice which are fine right after the radiology study is completed unless there are concerns of bowel obstruction. If you mean drinking alcohol then that depends mostly on why the ct scan was being done. Ask the radiologist or your doctor ordering the study. ...Read more

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I recently had an abdominal ct scan. The report states that the bladder wall is mildly thickened. What does that mean?

I recently had an abdominal ct scan. The report states that the bladder wall is mildly thickened. What does that mean?

Probably nothing: What symptoms?
do you smoke?
Any family history of bladder cancer?
A lot more questions need to be answered before a doctor can give you a real answer. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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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