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What are the risks of a chest CT scan?

What are the risks of a chest CT scan?

If you keep it limit: There are none as long as it is without contrast . With contrast there is always a small risk of an allergic reaction. As long as the number of these scans is limited then the risks from radiation from the x-rays is very limited. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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 it possible to get lymphoma from one chest CT scan?

Is it possible to get lymphoma from one chest CT scan?

Not sure what you...: ...mean but if you are asking if the radiation exposure from just one CT scan is enough to cause cancer, I think that would be exceedingly unlikely. There are inherited traits that lead to increased cancer risk with radiation exposure but even then it would be a very rare occurrence. Cannot say it is impossible, though. That is why scans have to be ordered when truly necessary, not capriciously. ...Read more

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What is the risk of getting leukaemia from one chest CT scan?

Extremely low: The radiation dose from one cat scan is pretty low by itself. If you were having multiple cat scans for many years that would be more dangerous from a radiation standpoint. ...Read more

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What organs will a chest CT scan show with and without dye ?

What organs will a chest CT scan show with and without dye 
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There are: different ways to perform a chest CT, depending on what your doctor is looking for. A "routine" CT will show lungs, mediastinum, aorta and great vessels, heart, ribs, upper abdomen, thoracic spine. ...Read more

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What kind of complications might happen from a chest CT scan with dye?

What kind of complications might happen from a chest CT scan with dye?

Allergy: The main risk is concern for an allergic reaction to the contrast dye. Damage to the kidney is also a big concern. The good thing is that the kidney can usually recover from this on its own with IV fluids and careful observation. ...Read more

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When you have a chest CT scan is it typical to do a set up lower dose scan before the actual scan? Or was I scanned twice? Scared about rad dose :\

When you have a chest CT scan is it typical to do a set up lower dose scan before the actual scan? Or was I scanned twice? Scared about rad dose :\

Yes,: the initial scan or "scout" is used to plan the actual scan. Otherwise there is no way other than guessing to determine whether the body part to be scanned is adequately covered, and there is also a danger of scanning more area than is actually necessary. ...Read more

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What are the risk of chest CT scan?

What are the risk of  chest CT scan?

Risks include....: Radiation imparted to the body as a part of the scan. 1 ct scan of the chest is the equivalent of about 5, 000 chest x-rays. This sounds like a high number, but in reality, if you only receive 1 ct scan, the overall risk of developing cancer or other complications is very low. The information gained from a ct scan versus a single chest x-ray is much greater and can aid in diagnostics. ...Read more

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Why might someone need a chest CT scan?

Why might someone need a chest CT scan?

Chest CT: Including but not limited to: 1) Abnormal chest xray, 2) Persistent clinical symptoms, 3) Smoking or other inhalational exposure where chronic lung disease or cancer is suspected, 4) Chronic lung disease/fibrosis of some other cause, 5) Cardiovascular abnormalities. Basically there are lots of reasons depending on your history or symptoms. Talk with your primary doc and your radiologist! ...Read more

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How old do you have to be to get a chest ct scan?

How old do you have to be to get a chest ct scan?

Chest CT: There is no age limit - the only issues is if you cannot stay still for good pics ...Read more

Dr. Michael Korona
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Ct scan uses data from a beam of xrays and reconstructs a cross sectional image of your body. It is a high dose of xrays and used only when the benefits outweigh the risk. Cancer risk is 1 in 500 in children. Also using iodinated contrast might cause transient renal failure in about 5% of patients. (contrast induced nepropathy) most do not explain this to the patient as ...Read more