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Will CT scan shows thickening in kidney?

Will CT scan shows thickening in kidney?

Not sure: Ct with and without xray dye is a good test for some kidney problems. Not sure what you mean by thickening. Ct shows kidney stones, masses, kidney size/location ; can give a good idea of whether the kidneys are working well. Ct is also good at showing the site of blockage of urine flow, when present. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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What will barium cat scan show of pelvis/ abdomen?

What will barium cat scan show of pelvis/ abdomen?

Solid/hollow organs: Barium outlines GI tract; IV contrast helps outline solid organs. Expect to get views of stomach, duodenum, small bowel, colon, rectum; liver, spleen, , gall bladder/bile ducts, pancreas, adrenals, kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate or uterus, tubes, ovaries, vagina, lymph nodes, arteries, veins, assorted muscles. Generally get a view of diaphragm, lower lungs, pleura, spine, pelvis. More stuff. ...Read more

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Can ultrasound, ct scan or MRI detect cirrohsis of the liver?

Can ultrasound, ct scan or MRI detect cirrohsis of the liver?

Yes,: but sometimes the findings are not specific, and biopsy may be required if there is a question. ...Read more

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Ct scan of chest showed kidney stone and swelling of abdominal adrenal gland?

Ct scan of chest showed kidney stone and swelling of abdominal adrenal gland?

CT: A stone is a very common finding and often is not associated with symptoms. Swelling of the adrenal gland is usually benign and called adrenal hyperplasia. Some endocrine diseases can be associated with adrenal hyperplasia but they are not common. ...Read more

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Is orbital CT scan and CT scan sinus the same?

Is orbital CT scan and CT scan sinus the same?

Not quite: The CT of the sinuses focuses in on the sinuses (though the radiation goes through the entire skull) and generally covers the entire set of sinuses (sphenoid, maxillary, frontal, ethmoid). The orbital CT will cover the eye sockets (and those pictures are zoomed in). While the sinuses lies behind the eyes (& so they overlap), the focus & coverage of these scans are slightly different. ...Read more

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Would a IV contrast abdominal CT scan show any signs of kidney damage?

Would a IV contrast abdominal CT scan show any signs of kidney damage?

Possible : The IV contrast provides imaging of blood flow into kidneys and will detect blockages, aneurysms, asymmetric flow, mass, structural problems. Lab draw and renal panel provide functional information on how your kidneys are performing as filters. Your doc will want to follow up with you after all the studies are complete to give you results. The IV contrast itself can be damaging to your kidney. ...Read more

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What's the false negative rate of abdomen cat scan for small renal masses?

What's the false negative rate of abdomen cat scan for small renal masses?

High sensitivity: The sensitivity of CT scans in detecting small renal masses is greater than 90%. The CT scan should be tailored specifically for this purpose, utilizing thin slices and intravenous contrast injection. If the CT scan was performed without IV contrast, and without thin sections through the kidneys, sensitivity declines. ...Read more

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Will the CT contrast from multiple CT scans start to affect my kidneys?

No.: The nephrotoxic effect of contrast is dose related, and does not accumulate over time. Multiple CTs would only make a difference if you had them within a very short time frame, for example if you had several contrast enhanced scans on the same day or over the course of a few days. ...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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Urologist ordered CAT bc blood in urine and an earlier ultrasound that showed 4 kidney stones. What body parts will show up in the CAT scan?

Urologist ordered CAT bc blood in urine and an earlier ultrasound that showed 4 kidney stones. What body parts will show up in the CAT scan?

Abdomen and pelvis: The CT scan ordered when a patient has blood in the urine is of the abdomen and pelvis. It will show the kidneys, ureters, bladder and will also incidentally show the liver, lower lobes of lungs and spleen. Normally contrast is given intravenously when checking on urinary bleeding. Best wishes. ...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 thats why he/she ordered the test. ...Read more

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Would a CT scan on the abdomen without contrast show kidney stones or gallbladder inflammation better than ultrasound?

CT for stones: Ct without contrast is much better than us for kidney and ureter stones. Ct detects calcium better. Most gallbladder disease involves inflammation. Us is better for right upper quadrant pain and suspected gallbladder disease. It is also cheaper and involves no radiation, so it is arguably safer over a person's lifetime. ...Read more

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What does a cat scan image of the abdomen and pelvis reveal?

A CAT scan: With contrast provides 3d slices of all of the organs, today every 3mm, and these can be reconstructed to provide coronal (front to back) and saggital (right to left from the side) views. These were developed 40 years ago and incredibly changed medicine. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan of the head without contrast dye detect brain aneurysms?

Can a CT scan of the head without contrast dye detect brain aneurysms?

Yes: While plain ct scan is not the best test for aneurysm, large aneurysms can potentially be spotted. Mri is a better test, especially when blood vessels are looked at as well. ...Read more

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Brain meningioma CT scan why kidney function test?

The dye: With ct scan there is an injection of a dye that could affect the kidneys. The kidney function is checked routinely because the risk of damage from the dye goes high if there is some kidney problems. ...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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Would MRI scan show kidney disease?

Would MRI scan show 
kidney disease?

"Disease": "Disease, " yes; but not necessarily what type of disease. "Dense"/scarred parenchyma may still need to be biopsied to determine the actual tissue disease. On the other hand, an MRI may be a better test to assess rensl masses (eg renal cell carcinoma vs benign neoplasms). ...Read more

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Does pelvic CT scan show kidneys?

Does pelvic CT scan show kidneys?

Not usually.: The kidneys are normally seen in the abdomen. However, they can be located in the pelvis. Occaisionally we'll see a part of the kidneys depending on where they're located on a pelvic ct scan. ...Read more

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Would a plain CT scan show an unruptured aneurysm in the brain ?

Would a plain CT scan show an unruptured aneurysm in the brain ?

Need contrast: Very difficult to see aneurysms in the brain without contrast. If you are concerned about this as a possibility you should ask your doctor about your risk. ...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