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Can I Trust Ct Scan To Have Found Throat Cancer
I have asymptomatic microhematuria. Urologist ordered CT scan with contrast. What might he expect to find (if anything). (history of breast cancer)?
Main concern: Is the detection of renal cancer. Other things sought for include stones, evidence of infection, and less likely entities such as papillary necrosis, arteriovenous malformations, renal artery aneurysms, and renal vein thrombosis. The bladder will also be imaged but cystoscopy is much better for looking for bladder concerns. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Can a cystoscopy see cancer that a CT scan cannot? I have to do a cystoscopy even though nothing showed in the CT scan.
Hi docs, can you tell me if small nodes seen on lungs thru chest CT scan are suggesting lung cancer?
Multiple causes/risk: This is one possibility, and the assessment of that diagnosis involves a visit with to a pulmonary specialist. They will recommend further evaluation. If there are multiple nodules, this actually may be related to infection. One example of such an infection is TB. If you have smoked in the past, swollen lymph nodes on the chest CT, or signs of illness, this raises the risk for a malignancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pet scan results were fine so why do they want me to have a bronchial scope done ?Wouldn't the scan have shown any spread to the lymph nodes already ?
Had CT scan done and 2 tumors found in my liver and a possible mass on my ovary. Have appointments with Drs but want to know how worried I should be. ?
Due to positive anti-vgkc Dr. Ordered a CT lung scan to rule out sclc or thymona. CT found a 5mm nodule. Should I be worry for sclc n ask for testing?
Here is what I would: Your doctor did a test which may not have been indicated. But now thta he has done it AND FOUND SOMETHING WORRISOME TO YOU, HE/SHE MUST COUNSEL YOU AND GUIDE YOU FURTHER. EXCESSIVE TESTING LEADS TO MORE PROBLEMS WHICH LEADS TO MORE TESTING. IN ORDER TO BREAK THE CYCLE, I WOULD MONITOR WITHOUT FURTHER TESTING RIGHT NOW. BUT A REPEAT CT SCAN(OR CHEST X-RAY) IN 6 MONTHS FROM NOW,MAY BE USEFUL . ...Read more
In past 3years I have had 3 CT scans and 1 pet/ct scan all negative. Do I need more scans to rule out lung cancer? Still have fatigue and muscle loss
You don't have it: Whether scans cut a risk of one's actually dying of lung cancer is a question I will leave to policy-makers. But your fatigue and muscle loss are not due to lung cancer. I'm glad you're health conscious; I assume you've stopped smoking; and my hope for you is that you'll search for some other explanation AND continue an athletic, fitness-focused lifestyle to richly enjoy these years of your life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had CT w/o contrast for kidney stones.Ct clear but still low back pn.Would CT have seen lymphoma mass if it were causing my pain?No history of cancer,
Don't worry: Yes, if you had lymphoma that was big enough to cause you pain, it would be visible on a ct scan! so i think you can rest assured that lymphoma is not causing your low back pain. This type of pain is common, and there are many causes. I wonder why you are worried about cancer? Maybe you know someone with lymphoma? Search healthtap for info about back pain and see what fits with your symptoms! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi dr! i want to ask.. is it possible that a kidney stones was seen in ultrasound but can't be seen in ct scan with contrast?
Yes, because: it had probably passed in the meantime. Small stones generally pass. Most important for you is to prevent recurrence of stones. ...Read more
What can be done to reduce cancer risk after CT scan (chest). I m worried about thyroid cancer as it is related to chest CT scan.
Don't worry: Hello - the radiation exposure from one ct scan is low. You do not need to worry about thyroid cancer because of a ct. We are exposed to radiation throughout our normal daily routines and when we fly. If you'd like you can limit other exposures. Request pat-downs at security at airports instead of the scanner for example. I don't think you need to do anything, however. ...Read more
What bloodwork would be used in diagnosing pancoast tumor? I am waiting to have CT scan due to apex lung nodule.
Usually none: A pancoast tumor (name of radiologist who described it), is a tumor involving a specific site in the lung, but it does not give the specific type. Usually they are adenocarcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma, but you need a biopsy to prove this. Do you smoke? You are young for a lung cancer, even though you have thallasemia. Do not worry until a biopsy and ct have been performed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I get radiation and chemotherapy for my esophageal cancer and have clean CT and pet scans, will I still need surgery?
Maybe: Therapy for esophageal cancer is dependent on the stage. There are IV relative stages. In the physically fit patient, the upfront therapy for stage i and iia is surgery. For stages iib and iii, the therapy of choice is chemoradiation followed by surgery. For stage iv, chemotherapy +/- radiation and no surgery. That being said 15-20% have complete eradication of tumor after chemoradiation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a CT scan also scan for brain tumors? I had a CT scan done a while ago to check my sinuses, but now i fear i may have a brain tumor. I was wondering if a doctor could look at the same CT scan to check for brain tumors.
Probably not.: A ct of the sinuses wouldn't get much of a look at the brain. An MRI of the brain would be the best test for a brain tumor. Of course i don't know anything about you, but fearing you have a brain tumor is often separate from actually having one, fortunately. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Would early smallcel lung cancer causing fatigue be visible on CT. I have heard CT is no good for screening sclc. MyCTwas clear but can I rely on this?
Yes CT chest reliabl: CT scan of the chest will show any tumor that is about 1 CM or larger. I do not expect a small cell lung cancer to cause any symptoms when it is smaller than1CM. So you need to have your doctor find some other cause for fatigue than small cell lung cancer. Fatigue can occur from many reasons other than cancer. Anemia, depression or poor sleep at night are some of the commonc auses of fatigue. ...Read more
I have a 3cm ant medistinum mass, weight loss and a cough. Can it be lymphoma or can doctors tell if it's thymoma? Pet and CT scan were inconclusive.
My doctor thought I had chronic sinusitis so he ordered a ct scan. Does the ct scan also go over the throat?
Not usually.: A "CT Sinus" goes from the middle of your forehead to your maxillary teeth. It does not get to the level of the throat unless your doctor orders a "CT Soft Tissue Neck". ...Read more
What to do with conflicting CT scan results? I had a mammogram and a CT scan done. The CT scan showed a lump in my breast but the mammogram didn't show anything. What is done in situations like these? Should another test be done other than CT or mamogra
Dedicated : Dedicated ct imaging of the breast is essentially only performed in a few research facilities, so i will assume that something was found in your breast incidentally during a ct of your chest. First, make sure that the radiologist performing the mammogram had the ct scan for comparison. If you feel the lump that was seen on ct, then you should probably have an ultrasound performed in the area for further evaluation. If you do not feel the lump and the radiologist compared the mammogram with the ct and was not concerned, then the ct finding was probably incidental and no further evaluation would be indicated. However, if you are still concerned you could have a follow-up mammogram in six months to ease your concern. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had lung nodule found on ct of abdomen. They r going to do full ct. I recently had clean X-ray of chest. What should I think?
It depends on: the characteristics of the nodule and your risk profile. If you are at low risk(i.e. a nonsmoker), and the nodule is a small smooth rounded incidental nodule, likely it will mean follow up at 6 or 12 months for a couple of years to confirm stability, since the vast majority of these are benign. If it is large and irregular in shape, and you are at higher risk, it becomes more suspicious. ...Read more
Can CT of sbdomen see aortic aneurysm? My doctor ordered a CT but have had 3 CT on brain. Is it safe to have another?
Yes ; Yes: The ct scans of your head have no real affect elsewhere. It's safe to have the abdominal one. The ct is the best method to see the overall size of an aneurysm, but it can underestimate blockages if not done with IV contrast to see the lumen (the opening inside). After you know you have an aneurysm, us may be used to follow it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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