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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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Sir , i had my abdom CT scan and found abdominal aorta calcification and 37mm*34mm liver haemangioma.What is the treatment for this.Is there any worry.

Sir , i had my abdom CT scan and found abdominal aorta calcification and 37mm*34mm liver haemangioma.What is the treatment for this.Is there any worry.

Do not worry: Aortic calcification is not uncommon in older people. You may want to look at general health issues like weight, cholesterol, smoking history, blood pressure, etc., but nothing to do about it. Regarding the hemangioma, this is not big enough to do anything about, just repeat ultrasound in a year to see if it has changed much. ...Read more

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Had CT scan of abdomen. Found some soft plaque and minimal hard plaque in aorta. Have since drastically changed my diet. Should I be worried?

Had CT scan of abdomen. Found some soft plaque and minimal hard plaque in aorta. Have since drastically changed my diet. Should I be worried?

Young: You're pretty young for that - you're wise to change your diet. If you smoke, that needs to go too. Try to exercise 30 minutes every day. Get that cholesterol under control. ...Read more

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Please define in simple language,Aorta: Moderate atherosclerosis.I had a CT scan on my kidneys which showed stones and I noticed this in the report. ?

Please define in simple language,Aorta: Moderate atherosclerosis.I had a CT scan on my kidneys which showed stones and I noticed this in the report.  ?

Blockage in vessel: Atherosclerosis implies plaque build up in an artery, leading to stenosis/narrowing of that vessel. The aorta is the large artery that leads blood away from the heart to the arms and legs. Moderate is worse than mild, but not severe. If on a scale of 1 to 10, moderate would be a "5." I can be of help, then join my care team & virtual practice at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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Ct scan showed 1.4x1.4 CM ill defined mass right hilum.Too small to biopsy? 2.5cmx1.5 CM lymph node between aorta and IVC below renal hilum.concerns?

Lymph nodes: Difficult issue,from your description the larger node might be amenable to biopsy.Why are you having the CT performed? Short term follow up CT or other additional imaging should help ...Read more

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How many CT scans can I have in a 4-6 wk time span? I've had 2 chest, 2 head, 1 additional CT scan and abt to have 1 for renal artery and aorta w/cont

How many CT scans can I have in a 4-6 wk time span? I've had 2 chest, 2 head, 1 additional CT scan and abt to have 1 for renal artery and aorta w/cont

Risk vs Benefit: Be careful, and make sure there is good medical necessity before more tests using ionizing radiation. Ct carries the highest dose. But, the risk of the current medical problem may easily outweigh the potential future risk. Almost all data is from nuclear incidents with much higher radiation in 1 large dose. It is difficult to calculate risk at lower levels used in ct over weeks/months. ...Read more

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Ct scan: paravertebral soft tissues remarkable for calcifications in the abdominal aorta. Is this fatal?

Ct scan: paravertebral soft tissues remarkable for calcifications in the abdominal aorta. Is this fatal?

Calcium in aorta: Atherosclerosis-the fancy name, hardening or the arteries-the common name...Same disease process. Its the calcium that makes them hard. So...Calcifications are very commonly seen in the aortic wall and do not, all by themselves indicate anything remotely fatal. ...Read more

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Had a cat scan and i shows I have a thyroxic aorta annuysum that is 4.5 size. I feel like a time bomb . Doctor says he'll monitor it.What are options?

Monitor with CT: For thoracic aortic aneurysm every 6 months is usual. May have been same size for years! if it does enlarge to, 5.5 or 6 cm.Then surgery is a consideration. Ascending or descending? Risks: depends on your other personal risk factors. Smoking. Stop cholesterol manage blood pressure- control obesity-lose weight. ...Read more

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Cat scan showed 2 mm mass beside aorta.Gen. Doc wants pet/mri/other tests & other specialist appts set up. What ?S should I be asking?

Cat scan showed 2 mm mass beside aorta.Gen. Doc wants pet/mri/other tests & other specialist appts set up. What ?S should I be asking?

2 mm, really?: If the mass is really 2 mm, it is too small for pet. If it is 2 cm, then pet may be helpful. ?S to ask - what organ is it originating from - if the aorta, consider a consult with a cardiologist. ? - was it seen on any older scans - if, in retrospect, it was there 2 years ago and unchanged, then it is probably benign. Why was ct done in the first place? ...Read more

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A CT scan shows several prominent peripancreatic lymph nodes and mildly prominent para-aortic lymph nodes. What does this mean?

A CT scan shows several prominent peripancreatic lymph nodes and mildly prominent para-aortic lymph nodes. What does this mean?

Multiple reasons: What other symptoms to get CT scan. The presence of node enlargement may indicate infection, inflammation in the area, or even presenc of cancer nearby or in the lymph nodes themselves. Need more information ...Read more

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Findings on my ct scan say shotty left para aortic retroperitoneal lymph nodes what does this mean?

Explanation: You must discuss your results of this test with the doctor who knows your clinical symptoms because it could be something or could be an accidental finding which means nothing. ...Read more

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In CT Scan report : Few small subcentimeter sized mildly enhancing mesenteric and para-aortic lymphnodes are noted. Is this cause to cancer?

CT nodes: A PET CT study would give more information relative to the nature of the nodes;if enlarging and if associated with other signs & symptoms or high metabolic index one would be worried,would need tissue for confirmation ...Read more

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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


Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more