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The CT scan brain results suggest that they a probability of demyelinating disease. Is this normal at my age?

The CT scan brain results suggest that they a probability of demyelinating disease. Is this normal at my age?

No, but...: Mri scans are more sensitive and specific for demyelination than ct scans. This means that not only are mris better at finding it when it's present, but not finding it on an MRI means that it's almost certainly absent. "suggestive" findings of demyelination on a brain ct that is not seen on an MRI are generally treated as "false-positive." that gets into the science of testing (no room here). ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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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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Ct scan result -brain and posterior fossa demonstrate age related volume loss. Is normal?

Ct scan result -brain and posterior fossa demonstrate age related volume loss. Is normal?

Eye of Beholder: The "eye ball" observation of "volume loss for age" is extremely subjective with much intra and interobserver variation. That means readers often don't agree and are sometimes not even consistent when the same reader re-examines an image twice.
Computer programs are being developed to analyse brain volumes accurately and precisely but are not in general clinical use yet.
My advice, don't sweat it. ...Read more

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I recieved brain CT scan results they say incomplete fat suppression can some one please explain this. Thanks for your reply?

I recieved brain CT scan results they say incomplete fat suppression can some one please explain this. Thanks for your reply?

Technical finding: I am going to assume that you had an MRI rather than ct. Incomplete fat suppression has nothing to do with anything in your body or you as a patient. "fat suppression" is a technique used in MRI to make the images appear a certain way. It is often technically difficult to obtain complete suppression so we as radiologists refer to this finding as "incomplete fat suppression." I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I had a CT scan of my brain. The results read I had small lucunar infarct left basal ganglia small vessel ischemic disease... What do I have? It started with a headache on my right temple for the last 6 months, doctor sent me to physical theapy, but did

I had a CT scan of my brain. The results read I had small lucunar infarct left basal ganglia small vessel ischemic disease... What do I have? It started with a headache on my right temple for the last 6 months, doctor sent me to physical theapy, but did

Small strokes: A small lacunar infarct refers to a stroke from occlusion of a small blood vessel. Small vessel ischemic disease refers to a chronic process whereby the small blood vessels become smaller and smaller over time and cause tiny strokes in certain brain tissues. Typical risk factors are chronic hypertension, smoking and diabetes mellitus. These small strokes can be significant when they accumulate. ...Read more

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Is insomnia related to brain or need to do MRI CT scan if all body result is normal?

Is insomnia related to brain or need to do MRI CT scan if all body result is normal?

Insomnia: Insomnia is related to the brain, but MRI scan will not delineate "why" you can't sleep. I suggest consulting with a psychiatrist and/or sleep medicine physician, insomnia can result from primary sleep disorders like sleep apnea, and also from psychiatric conditions like depression and anxiety disorders. Effective reatment is possible only with a thorough evaluation first. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Had a CT scan for possible brain tumor how long for my dr to get results? If something was found would I have herd the same day?

Had a CT scan for possible brain tumor how long for my dr to get results? If something was found would I have herd the same day?

Depends: Ct scan interpretations are usually available to the ordering physician the same day, at the latest the next working day. How quickly your physician informs you of the results is highly variable, unfortunately, and can't be predicted without knowing the habits of the individual physician you have. ...Read more

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Echocardiogram results indicate an avm. Ct scan of chest and MRI & mra of brain are still negative. Where else might the avm be?

Echocardiogram results indicate an avm. Ct scan of chest and MRI & mra of brain are still negative. Where else might the avm be?

Anywhere: Arteriovenous malformation or avm is an abnormal connection between arteries and veins, bypassing the capillary system. The congenital vascular anomaly occurs commonly in the central nervous system, but can appear in any location. Although many avms are asymptomatic, they can cause intense pain or bleeding or lead to other serious medical problems. ...Read more

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Echocardiogram results indicate an avm. CT scan of chest and MRI & mra of brain still negative. Where else might the avm be, what does thi mean?

Anywhere: AVM's can be anywhere including the brain, lungs, intestines. Dr. Rich White at Yale runs the world class HHT center for patients with AVM's in multiple vascular beds. ...Read more

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My CT scan results came back deep white matter ischemic should I be concerned?

Possibly: At your age, deep white matter ischemic changes are not common. There are a few possibilities: either you have engaged in activities that have harmed your brain (ie- excessive alcohol intake or other toxins), or you are predisposed to small vessel disease (common in diabetics) or it is possible that a demyelinating condition like ms can cause this appearance. I would recommend seeing a neurologist. ...Read more

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At age 33, I had to have a CT scan followed by MRI. The results-had Cerebral Atrophy. Is this a concern for me and should I worry?

At age 33, I had to have a CT scan followed by MRI. The results-had Cerebral Atrophy. Is this a concern for me and should I worry?

Neurologist: I recommend an evaluation by a neurologist as cerebral atrophy is premature in your age group. If your cognitive and neurological examinations are perfectly normal the ct scan findings may be questionable or insignificant. ...Read more

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My CT scan result shows - right frontal lobe subcortical white matter tiny chronic infarct- and mild cerebral atrophic changes.?

My CT scan result shows - right frontal lobe subcortical white matter tiny chronic infarct- and mild cerebral atrophic changes.?

THAT RESULT IS: Consistent with small blood vessel atherosclerotic cerebrovascular disease. Very common in patients with hypertension and or diabetes, but unusual if younger than 50-60-70's. ...Read more

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My 11 months nephew had seizures. His EEG test came out normal, CT scan result reports he has mild cerebral and cerebellar atrophy, how it happened?

My 11 months nephew had seizures. His EEG test came out normal, CT scan result reports he has mild cerebral and cerebellar atrophy, how it happened?

About EEG, seizure: If there is atrophy (means smaller than normal) please see a pediatric neurologist. Eeg's can be normal in the context of seizures for many reasons. If they are abnormal, they are often helpful, but treating your nephew clinically is most important, and eeg's are a first step to diagnosis with prolonged studies or other types of eeg's as a next step. ...Read more

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What is a CT scan (brain) used for?

What is a CT scan (brain) used for?

See the brain, skull: While xrays show the bones, a ct is sensitive enough to see the brain and its structures. Ct is vers useful to see blood, abnormal fluid collections, masses, areas of old or subacute stroke. The skull, sinuses, scalp and facial bones, eyes, mouth are also seen. Mri is even more sensitive for visualization of the brain and other soft tissue structures and may be required if the ct is positive. ...Read more

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Why would they want CT scan of brain?

Why would they want CT scan of brain?

Many reasons: There are many reasons to order a ct scan of the brain. Too numerous to list here. But I'm guessing your doctor has some clinical suspicion a process in the brain is responsible for your symptoms and is using a ct head to help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Should we CT scan the brain for dizzyness?

Should we CT scan the brain for dizzyness?

MRI is the: Single best imaging test. It should be performed without and with contrast. However, there are some physical diagnostic tests that may provide an answer. ...Read more

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Can Ct Scan damage brain, effect activity of brain?

Can Ct Scan damage brain, effect activity of brain?

No: The x ray radiation in a CT has no measurable or known effect on neural tissues. 1) dose is way too low and 2) nerves are relatively radioresistant since the cells don't reproduce very fast, if at all.
There is a theoretical risk of cataracts and cancer years later, but this is incredibly small esp. For a single scan and controversial anyway. ...Read more

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Just had a CT scan of brain. What do patchy areas mean?

Just had a CT scan of brain. What do patchy areas mean?

Of what?: Patchy areas means that there area scattered areas of something on the scan. Usually in a head ct it will be patchy areas of white matter low attenuation/density. This finding is usually associated with aging and vascular disease but if it is in you and you're 26 then it is not normal aging and could be something like multiple sclerosis. Find out what it actually says though. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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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