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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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Abnormal CT scan of chest what could this be? Ct scan of chest

Abnormal CT scan of chest what could this be? Ct scan of chest

Need more info: All that we can tell u from the little info in your question is that it is not normal. That could mean anything from some slight changes that are of no concern all the way to serious problems related to any organ in your chest. Ask the md who ordered it to explain the findings. ...Read more

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Dx of lung nodules. Ct scans of chest two years. Had chestxr CT scan of chest 2012 2013 CT scan of chest pulm wants another im afraid it causes cancer?

Dx of lung nodules. Ct scans of chest two years. Had chestxr CT scan of chest 2012 2013 CT scan of chest pulm wants another im afraid it causes cancer?

Radiation from CT: This issue should be discussed with your pulmonary doctor and radiologist. There is some risk associated with the radiation from multiple ct scans. However, that risk is likely small compared to the risk of a nodule identified in the lung, and may not outway the risks of ct, in the long run. There should be a plan with a reasoned approach that minimizes the risk of ct that you can agree with. ...Read more

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Would a double contrast chest CT scan and a chest X-ray rule out fibrosis?

Would a double contrast chest CT scan and a chest X-ray rule out fibrosis?

Not the best test: A high resolution CT chest would be the best study to evaluate fibrotic lung disease. ...Read more

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Which is best chest CT vs chest mri?

Which is best chest CT vs chest mri?

It depends: Chest ct is more commonly used to evaluate the lungs, blood vessels, bones, and soft tissues. Chest mri, which takes longer to perform, is typically reserved for evaluation of diseases of the blood vessels (aorta, etc.), the heart, or masses that need to be further characterized. Chest ct is better at evaluating the lungs. ...Read more

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Can chest xray see abd aortic aneurysm?

Can chest xray see abd aortic aneurysm?

No: A cxr generally extends down to the upper abdomen. The stomach and liver can be seen, but vascular structures in the abdomen are difficult to see. ...Read more

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Chest CT with contract vs caradic ct? Will the chest CT show blockages?

Chest CT with contract vs caradic ct? Will the chest CT show blockages?

No: Chest CT with contrast will not show blockages in the coronary arteries. Cardiac CT is specialized for evaluation of the blood supply to the heart. ...Read more

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Ct scan of pelvic abdomen showed 7mm lung spot on lower left lung dr now ordered a chest CT scan wondering why ?

Ct scan of pelvic abdomen showed 7mm lung spot on lower left lung dr now ordered a chest CT scan wondering why ?

To see the rest of: ...Your lungs. The abdominal study only shows about a third of your lungs. Your doc will need to see the rest to know what to do. Lung nodules are very common and the vast majority are benign scar(s). Most of the time we just use the ct to follow and make sure there is no growth. There are other tests (pet scan for example) that can be useful when there is concern for cancer. ...Read more

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Would a lung ct scan without contrast show lung blebs?

Would a lung ct scan without contrast show lung blebs?

Mgt: The imaging study may be uploaded to an inbox consult for review. The CT study can demonstrate blebs. If you are a smoker, I would advise quitting. ...Read more

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Would you see an enlarged right heart on a chest CT scan without contrast and CT scan x ray?

Would you see an enlarged right heart on a chest CT scan without contrast and CT scan x ray?

Yes if greatly enlar: An enlarged heart can be seen on X-ray or CT scan especially if it is greatly enlarged. However, the cause for the enlargement is usually not apparent by those means. An echocardiogram (ultrasound) usually does a better job. sometimes more specialized tests are needed. However, if this is the 1st time that an enlarged heart was detected, it is best to get it confirmed & identify the cause. GL & TY ...Read more

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Do chest CT scans w/contrast include evaluation of the clavicle and shoulder? What about chest xrays?

Do chest CT scans w/contrast include evaluation of the clavicle and shoulder? What about chest xrays?

Yes&No: Some of the clavicle can be seen. The shoulder, not too much. CXR does see both, but is a 2Dimensional image and therefore don't see other views of the shoulder. ...Read more

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I have stage 2 emphysema and 4 lung nodules on a ct scan (3mm and smaller) shadow xray and CT scan. Shortness breath, chest pain, night sweats?

I have stage 2 emphysema and 4 lung nodules on a ct scan (3mm and smaller) shadow xray and CT scan. Shortness breath, chest pain, night sweats?

Mgt/workup: Your findings are of concern, and an exam documenting any lymphadenopathy is important. I would suggest seeing your PCP. Your symptoms may also be due to TB, cardiac disease, pulmonary embolism. A virtual online appt is available for follow up and to review your HRCT. healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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Chest xray result-Suspicious densities seen in both upper lungs?

Chest xray result-Suspicious densities seen in both upper lungs?

R/o Tb: In the area you live, having had TB is likely cause. If confirmed, then you may need treatment. However one needs to rule out other causes as well and thus you do need to consult a pulmonologist or infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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Bilateral hilar enlargement with cardiomegaly.In chest x ray. What's next?

Bilateral hilar enlargement with cardiomegaly.In chest x ray. What's next?

Depends: Depends on your symptoms. If hilar adenopathy is suspected, a CT scan with contrast is indicated. If CHF is suspected, a BNP (blood sample) would be helpful. Regardless, an echocardiogram is indicated to evaluate cardiomegaly (an enlarged heart shadow). Other tests may also be necessary depending on the situation. ...Read more

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Can chest CT with contrast rule out trachea cancer?

Can chest CT with contrast rule out trachea cancer?

Possibly: The cancer would have to be a certain size to be visible. So if it were large enough to be seen, then the diagnosis could be made. Not visible may mean it is too small to be seen with ct. ...Read more

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F38/Rndom right chest pains&mid left chest pain&LLL.Angio CT, EST echo, ekg,Usound. 3mm&4mm nodules granulomas LLL&RML. 4 wks pain&naproxen.Treatment?

F38/Rndom right chest pains&mid left chest pain&LLL.Angio CT, EST echo, ekg,Usound. 3mm&4mm nodules granulomas LLL&RML. 4 wks pain&naproxen.Treatment?

See details: Ask the doctors who are treating you. Since a cause for the pain has not been established and one is not able to examine you or review your studies firsthand, it is impossible to suggest a treatment. ...Read more

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Clear CT scan of chest. Worried about lung cancer. Two x rays and one CT clear. But the CT was without contrast & shoulder pain persists. Contrast?

Clear CT scan of chest.  Worried about lung cancer.  Two x rays and one CT clear.  But the CT was without contrast & shoulder pain persists. Contrast?

NO!: Lung cancer has been eliminated as a realistic diagnosis. Move on, be glad. There are rather more mundane causes for shoulder pain. See an orthopedic surgeon and find out what's going on with that shoulder. ...Read more

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What's difference between High HD Contrast CT scan vs Normal Chest CT with contrast evaluating interstitial lung markings?

What's difference between High HD Contrast CT scan vs Normal Chest CT with contrast evaluating interstitial lung markings?

Different chest CTs: High resolution chest CT usually with out intravenous contrast is used to define interstitial lung disease pattern, whether diffuse or localized process. CT of chest examination with contrast intravenously usually looking for tumors or metastases and acute infection in the lungs. ...Read more