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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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 long does it take to evaluate CT scan of chest abdomen and pelvis and make a diagnosis?

How long does it take to evaluate CT scan of chest abdomen and pelvis and make a diagnosis?

Variable: The actual reading time for a ct depends on how complicated the findings are, but around 20-30 minutes. However, the imaging center may perform many many scans per day, so it may take a while before your study is read. Turn around time for a routine exam is usually a day or two. Again, this varies from one imaging center to the next. The report is then sent to the doctor that ordered the ct. ...Read more

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Would CT scan of chest abdomen and pelvis with contrast help diagnosis of celiac disease?

Would CT scan of chest abdomen and pelvis with contrast help diagnosis of celiac disease?

Doubt it: If any irregularities in the intestinal wall were found, it would be just that, irregularities. Their presence would suggest a problem but the overlap with other possible conditions would make the information inconclusive. A normal study would also not rule out the condition. ...Read more

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Negative beta HCG on 07/10/14. CT scan chest abdomen pelvis w/contrast 07/17/14. Positive beta HCG on 07/30/14. Risk to fetus from CT scan?

Negative beta HCG on 07/10/14. CT scan chest abdomen pelvis w/contrast 07/17/14. Positive beta HCG on 07/30/14. Risk to fetus from CT scan?

Questions: When did you have sex? How high was the beta? If the beta was low and/or you had sex after the 17th, no risk for the fetus. If the beta was high and you had sex before the 17th, then there is some risk to the fetus. ...Read more

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What is a CT scan of the chest/abdomen/ and pelvis normally looking for?

What is a CT scan of the chest/abdomen/ and pelvis normally looking for?

Need more info.: Trauma, infection and malignancy (cancer) are the most common reasons to do all three at the same time. Doing the test doesn't mean you have the diseases, but the doctors are usually concerned about those three things when they order that set of tests. ...Read more

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Would a CT scan of the chest abdomen and pelvis see something wrong with the gallbladder? And would it se gallstones present or previous? Had normal CT scan 2 weeks ago but I have bad pain right there

Would a CT scan of the chest abdomen and pelvis see something wrong with the gallbladder? And would it se gallstones present or previous? Had normal CT scan 2 weeks ago but I have bad pain right there

Yes: A ct scan will pick up most gallstones as well as thickening and swelling of the gallbladder and bile ducts. The only thing a ct scan does a lousy job with is detecting if the gallbladder has a hard time emptying bile. This can cause pain as well. You need a hida scan to detect this. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the effects of many times exposing to CT scan on chest and abdomen and pelvis? I had cancer and did so many cts?

Link: Like anything in life there are risks and benefits of interventions and doing nothing.
See here:
ct scans and radiation: how can patients limit risk?
http://www. Kevinmd. Com/blog/2013/08/ct-scans-radiation-patients-limit-risk. Html

there is an even better link/infographic, but I can't find it now. ...Read more

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Is a CT-scan of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis all in one scan at the same time more radiation than a single chest-CT? I was told that it was not.

Is a CT-scan of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis all in one scan at the same time more radiation than a single chest-CT? I was told that it was not.

There is more: There is more radiation from a CT depending on how many areas are scanned. It’s possible the Dr misunderstood and meant an XRay of the chest abdomen and pelvis is less radiation than a single CT of chest, which would be a true statement! ...Read more

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What are chances of hodgekins lympho if flow cytometry negative, good smear no abnormalities, neg ct scan of neck and abdomen, negative chest xray?

What are chances of hodgekins lympho if flow cytometry negative, good smear no abnormalities, neg ct scan of neck and abdomen, negative chest xray?

None so far: If all these tests are negative (especially the ones presumably done on your lymh node tissue) and you have no enlarged lymph nodes anywhere other than the sampled area and no symptoms.. for now, at least, you have no Hodgkin's ...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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Had numerous abdomen x rays and CT scan also chest scan and x Ray and 2 ultra sound of liver and gallbladder could they have noticed a hiatal hernia?

Had numerous abdomen x rays and CT scan also chest scan and x Ray and 2 ultra sound of liver and gallbladder could they have noticed a hiatal hernia?

Yes, on chest ct: Hiatal hernia should be able to be visualized on a chest ct unless it is very small. It usually wouldn't be visualized on liver/gallbladder ultrasounds. It might be visualized on x rays if it is large enough. ...Read more

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My heart goes to 104 to 111 just walking around I had thryiod check ecg chest ex ray and abdominal ct scan all normal does this mean my hearts fine?

My heart goes to 104 to 111 just walking around I had thryiod check ecg chest ex ray and abdominal ct scan all normal does this mean my hearts fine?

Tachycardia.: There could be some simple answers for your tachycardia, including dehydration and deconditioning, but the work-up seems incomplete. Some more blood testing may be helpful (rule our anemia, to name one), and perhaps a treadmill-based stress test. ...Read more

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Had a CT scan with IV contrast of thorax and upper abdomen. What can be seen on this scan? Which organs is now checked out?

Lots of things!: Your scan included the base of neck, chest, including lymph nodes, blood vessels, the heart, and lungs, and upper abdomen. There is much to see but hopefully it will be ok. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get Liver Cancer from one chest CT scan? Please help. Worried.

No, not even 2 scans: Patients get CT scans all over the world, every day. As long as there is a good reason for the scan, it is fine to do. If repeated scans are planned, to follow some sort of serious illness, a patient can ask his doctor what other options there are, in order to decrease the total number of scans in his lifetime. Having repeated CT scans, over and over, can add up to much x-ray exposure. ...Read more

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Why can I always feel my heart beat, see my stomach moving with the rhythm of my heart and chest pain? I have been to the dr but nothing not normal (had a ekg. Holter. Echo, and ct scan) all normal. 19 yold, rhr 58 and healthy weight also a smoker

Why can I always feel my heart beat, see my stomach moving with the rhythm of my heart and chest pain? I have been to the dr but nothing not normal (had a ekg. Holter. Echo, and ct scan) all normal. 19 yold, rhr 58 and healthy weight also a smoker

Heart beat: You should be reassured by now since all work up shows you are healthy. Many people who are healthy can experience same symptoms. But you will not stay healthy as a smoker so worry about that more and stop smoking. ...Read more

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31m Any docs tell me I should do next. Bronchoscope / endo / colon / Ct. Scan chest / abdom MRI head. Blood test CBC / Lyme / Antibidy / hiv / serum / 5hiaa / echo / holter! Psyc says I'm fine. Heart beat pace/rest feels weak chest fullness cancer?

31m Any docs tell me I should do next. Bronchoscope / endo / colon / Ct. Scan chest / abdom MRI head. Blood test CBC / Lyme / Antibidy / hiv / serum / 5hiaa / echo / holter! Psyc says I'm fine. Heart beat pace/rest feels weak chest fullness cancer?

Somatizing?: This is classic. I strongly suspect you are in a difficult life situation and this itself is causing your symptoms. This is the commonest single thing that we see in clinical medicine. The normal sensations of a living body are registering as sickness. If I'm wrong, forgive me -- but these testes would pick up anything serious. I'd urge you to hit the gym hard & build quality friendships. ...Read more

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How much of lung can be seen in abdominal CT scan and mrcp?

Depends: Really depends on how the abdominal ct is set up by the technician. Usually you are able to see the lung bases in an abdominal ct scan. ...Read more

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What would an abdominal CT scan show that an US wouldn't? RUQ discomfort under ribs. Had liver bloodwork 4 months ago, all normal. US came back normal

Rib fractures: CT could show a variety of things not seen on an US. The most likely would be rib fractures. Also, a CT is likely to note more suble changes of inflammation, and lymph adenopathy. Plus, the CT should provide a nice look at the pancreas which is often difficult to see on US ...Read more

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Still losing wt. Had CT of chest and abdomen and all blood work clear and good. I even reversed my fatty liver. Any ideas? Wt loss has slowed

Still losing wt. Had CT of chest and abdomen and all blood work clear and good. I even reversed my fatty liver. Any ideas? Wt loss has slowed

Great work: You have been remarkable in your progress and I can only admire and applaud your self-discipline and dedication. Weight loss slowing may simply represent the fact that the percentages are changing, along with the absolute numbers. You might try increasing your exercise regimen slightly (don't hurt yourself), or reducing your intake slightly. ...Read more

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Ct scan tells enlarged bilateral ovaries with ring lesion in right ovaries. Wht it means and management please, as I m having pains right ribs abdom?

Ct scan tells enlarged bilateral ovaries with ring lesion in right ovaries. Wht it means and management please, as I m having pains right ribs abdom?

See a GYN: CT scan is not a very good study for looking at ovaries, ultrasound is much better. What is described is probably normal. See a gynecologist for better interpretation of these findings. ...Read more

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I was having cough for three weeks so advised chest X-ray, which showed cyst in diaphragm. Further I got cat scan but it was clean. What should I do.

I was having cough for three weeks so advised chest X-ray, which showed cyst in diaphragm. Further I got cat scan but it was clean. What should I do.

What does Doc say?: Please discuss this with your physician.

There may have been a lucent area near your diaphragm, sometimes called a lung cyst, bleb or bulla. Without the x-ray it is hard to know.

If definitely benign or stable when compared to an old x-ray, further workup may not be necessary.

However, if there are any symptoms or concerns, chest ct is more sensitive, specific and accurate than chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Right ab pain extends 2 back & ribs at times. Intermittent but daily for weeks. Clear CT scan & colonoscopy. Slightly elevated liver enzymes.?

Ultrasound: If you are having pain in the right upper abdomen that goes to the back and elevated liver enzymes, the best test to have is an ultrasound to evaluate for gallbladder disease. Colonoscopy will not see it and ct will miss many. Good luck. ...Read more

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Ultra sound 1 year ago on my liver it showed fatty. This year had a CT scan for ribs and its tietze's but it also showed cyst on liver. Any worries?

Ultra sound 1 year ago on my liver it showed fatty. This year had a CT scan for ribs and its tietze's but it also showed cyst on liver. Any worries?

See below: Fatty liver change is an important medical condition. It may lead to additional liver damages and even liver fibrosis/cirrhosis. I would recommend talking to your doctor to manage this condition.

Ct occasionally can show findings in the liver that was not see on us. This is mainly because us does not show the entire liver as well as ct. Liver cysts are typically benign. ...Read more

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Just had CT scan for my mcrc, lesions in liver, one in lung, hernia containing low density material, diffuse omental disease what is my prognosis?

Short term: I am sorry to hear of your metastatic colorectal cancer. You have metastatic disease and the ct scan shows omental disease. This would be a good time to get hospice involved. The doctor who ordered the tests will be able to review the findings. Bring a family member to help write down your questions and answers. Again I am sorry to hear about your disease. ...Read more

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Ct scan found a lesion on my liver, a 6mm nodule on my lung, 2 tracheal lymph nodes 1cm each?

Follow up CT: The importance of the findings may depend on why your ct scan was done. Current guidelines suggest Incidental single lung nodules between 4-6 mm in patients over 35 need follow ct scan, the interval between scans is dependent on the risk of cancer (smokers, exposure to asbestos, etc). 10mm (1cm) lymph note near trachea is upper limits of normal size. ...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