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Dr. Arnon Rubin
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Computed tomography is also known as CT scan. 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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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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Hepc, cirohis, CT scan -liver shows eviden of nodular surface, hypertrophied caudate & left lobe.Normal calibre abdominal aorta. How bad is it?

You: Have evidence of cirrhosis. A gastroenterologist can give you guidance regarding how well your liver is functioning, ways to slow further liver damage, and surveillance to detect any developing liver tumors (such as hepatoma). If you don't drink and take of yourself there is every likelihood of many more years of life. ...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


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