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How do pet scans, mri, ct, and bone/gallium scans differ?

How do pet scans, mri, ct, and bone/gallium scans differ?

Different mechanisms: Mri uses magnetic radiation( no x-ray) for anatomic localization and characterization of different parts of body, water and fat constitution of different tissues.Ct uses x-ray to characterize anatomy of body, better for bone than mr.Pet, bone, gallium scans use radio tracers intravenously.Petglucose metabolism of tumors, gallium (infection/tumor), bone scan for fxs, tumors, infection bone metabolism. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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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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How are mr scan and a CT scan different?

How are mr scan and a CT scan different?

Contrast difference: Ct uses a combination of xrays shot from multiple directions to look at differences in tissue density. Mri uses strong magnetic fields instead of xrays to differentiate tissues and gives much better contrast than ct. Ct is typically used in the acute setting to see if there is blood or major abnormalities. Mri is a more specific exam to differentiate abnormalities such as stroke or tumor. ...Read more

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What are the differences among CT scans, MRI scans and myelograms?

Myleogram: Ct myleogram is a better postop test then mrimyleogram invasive contrast in spinal canal MRI noninvasive. ...Read more

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Ct scan, mri, nuclear medicine imaging, ivp scan, how are they different?

Ct scan, mri, nuclear medicine imaging, ivp scan, how are they different?

Quite different: Ct involves xray type radiation with cross sectional imaging in transaxial, sagittal, and coronal projections. Nuclear medicine, internal irradiation either injected intravenously, inhaled, ingested, injected subcutaneously.Ivp uses injection of contrast material for visualization of kidneys and bladder with x-ray. Mr imaging uses no ionizing radiation magnetic fields to generate x-sectional images. ...Read more

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Could MRI or CT scan detect brain cancer?

Could MRI or CT scan detect brain cancer?

Sure: Mri would be the imaging test of choice, though often we start with a ct. Ultimately, you'll likely need a biopsy to prove it's a cancer. ...Read more

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Can CT scan without contrast show brain aneurysm?

Can CT scan without contrast show brain aneurysm?

Unlikely: Ct scan without contrast is unlikely to show an aneurysm unless it is very large and is calcified. A ct angiogram is a better study to visualize an aneurysm. ...Read more

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How are an MRI and CT scan different?

How are an MRI and CT scan different?

Differences: The ct scan uses radiation from multiple x-ray devices to see internal organs. The MRI uses very strong magnetism to orient the body's water molecules and see internal structures such as ligaments, joints, brain, etc. Each study has its own individual benefits or indications. ...Read more

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Will MRI scans show cancer?

Will MRI scans show cancer?

Depends: Mri is very good at showing abnormal tissue from normal tissues and can pick up various cancers very well. Some cancers, however, can be small and not well seen on mri. Some may be better seen on ct. Cancers involve in the stomach and colon are usually not well seen and may require endoscopy or colonscopy. Some breast cancers are also better seen on mammograms than mri. ...Read more

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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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Mri scan and head CT used for cognitive impairment?

Mri scan and head CT used for cognitive impairment?

Yes: Yes both can be helpful in evaluation of the brain for causes of cognitive impairment although MRI is usually more sensitive. ...Read more

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Do CT scans see brain tumors?

Do CT scans see brain tumors?

They can: The diagnostic yield of increased with use of IV contrast material as some tumors disrupt the so called blood brain barrier affording the contrast the ability to infiltrate from the blood stream into the tumor. Small tumors that have not disrupted the integrity of blood vessels may escape detection on CT especially if the have the same radiographic tissue density as their surrounding tissue. ...Read more

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Whats better for diagnosing pancreatic cancer.... Ct scan or mri? I've had normal ultrasound and CT scan with contrast. Still worried.

Whats better for diagnosing pancreatic cancer.... Ct scan or mri? I've had normal ultrasound and CT scan with contrast. Still worried.

Why worried?: Why are you worried? Do you have symptoms or abnormal labs? If the ct was normal and used a specific pancreas protocol, then an MRI of the pan creas may be the best next test. Since it does not use radiation, there is little risk for you. ...Read more

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What are the differences between pet scans, mri, ct, and bone/gallium scans?

What are the differences between pet scans, mri, ct, and bone/gallium scans?

Anatomy vs Physiolog: Mri and ct scans are typically looking at the anatomy of a patient, as well as differences in blood flow if contrast is administered. Pet, bone and gallium scans are all looking at the function, or physiology of the patient, and the anatomy is of secondary concern. For example, pet scans are usually using f-18 fdg, a glucose analog, and display differences in glucose use, a main energy source. ...Read more

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In what aspects CT scan is better than MRI scan?

Looking at bone: The CT scan is better than MRI in detecting bone fractures or pathologies involving the bone. MRI is better at distinguishing between soft tissues. CT scan is also faster & quieter than MRI. However, the CT scan uses radiation & there has been an explosion of radiation-related conditions in recent years. Each modality measures different things. So ask your doctor if the test is needed or not. GL. ...Read more

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Can CT scan without contrast show any brain tumors?

Sometimes: Brain swelling, hemorrhage and mass effect can be noted on a head ct without contrast. Also, some tumors have calcification a which can be seen in a head ct. Smaller and lower grade tumors can sometimes be missed on a head ct without contrast. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan without contrast dye detect brain tumours?

Can a CT scan without contrast dye detect brain tumours?

Should do it: If a brain tumor is causing significant symptoms, it should surely be large enough to be detected on a cat scan. ...Read more

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Have pituitary tumor ever been seen on non-contrast CT or MRI scans?

Have pituitary tumor ever been seen on non-contrast CT or MRI scans?

Yes: The addition of contrast increases the ability to see these tumors. Mri with contrast is the best imaging test we have to see the pituitary gland. ...Read more

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Ct scan of neck results show what?

Ct scan of neck results show what?

Many Things: Ct scans of the neck can show problems with the spine, the spinal cord, the esophagus, the thyroid, the trachea, and anything else that naturally occurs in the neck. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Mri (Definition)

Magnetic resonance imaging named for the effects of the strong magnetic field upon the atomic and molecular phase or spin and the image created when that magnetic field is altered and the excited particle changes gibing off a signal that is recorded and interpreted by a complex computer algorithm, ...Read more