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Ct Scan Of Left Femur
Ct scan report after surgery to repair acetabular fx. "a "joystick" instrumentation defect is present in the right proximal femur." what's it mean?
Varies: It varies a little. Some types of instrumentation is used to fix a fracture and hold it in good position until it heals. A joystick usually refers to the times when you place a pin or screw in a bone just to help you pull the fracture into a reduced position. Once the fracture is fixed, the pin is removed, leaving a visible tract seen on your ct scan where the pin had been. ...Read more
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
What does the below mean from a CT scan of the hip? The distal shaft and distal articular margin of the femur are rotated externally at 35 degrees?
CT scan: It means that the distal femur is rotated counterclockwise(as if you are looking up from the feet) 35 degrees from the neutral position. If you have a fracture of the proximal femur or shaft, it means that the distal fracture piece is rotated relative to the proximal fractured piece of the femur. ...Read more
I recently had a CT scan and my doctor said that I have a crack in the head of my femur. Should i be walking on this injury or using crutches/wheelchair?
Need more info: It really depends on what is meant by a "crack", and where it is located. Please contact your doctor and ask. A consultation with an orthopedic surgeon may be helpful. If the "crack" is large enough or in a location which increases the risk of a complete fracture, then not bearing weight (using crutches) would be appropriate. Also, you should ask what caused the "crack". ...Read more
I had a CT scan for another issue, and I see in the findings "Subchondral cyst is seen at the left femoral head-neck junction." What does this mean?
Degenerative : Sub means below and chondral means cartilage. This is a degenerative cyst in the bone below the cartilage near the hip joint. These are benign cysts and don't need any specific treatment. They are often seen with osteoarthritis but in your case may just be an incidental finding not requiring any treatment unless you are having hip pain. ...Read more
Yes: But not always. A ct scan is not a dynamic study and will not always show hernia defects unless there is something herniating through it. A better study is an ultrasound, which is done both standing and recumbent, and with maneuvers to increase intra-abdominal pressure. Additionally, evaluation by a surgeon would be worthwhile. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had CT scan done. Results showed that I have a 5mm stones lying at the level of the right femoral head. No hydronephrosis. Should I be worried?
That: doesn't make sense. Are you reading directly from the report? The ureters are not in the same anatomic region as the femoral head, so there is no way to have a kidney/ureter stone there. There can be calcifications(generally not referred to as stones) in and around the hip joint(e.g. Loose bodies or calcific tendinopathy) that could be associated with hip region pain, but more info is needed. ...Read more
Was diagnosed w/ hip dysplasia and femoral anteversion and dr recommended osteotomy. After seeing CT scan he said osteotomy won't help pain. Why?
A lot of pain had CT scan no recurrent femoral hernia had a trig. Point injection caused pain to get worse doctor wants to go in what could it be?
Scar tissue: Most likely scar tissue entrapped the nerve causing your pain , unfortunately this annoying problem do occurs rarely, with time and some physical therapy will alleviate in most of the cases. Very rarely need exploration, of the area neurolysis or freeing the trapped nerve , will help speak to your surgeon good luck. ...Read more
CT Scan - Prominence of the external and common iliac veins, femoral and IVC. IVC measures upto 3.6cm. Why is this considered significant? Pain/nausea
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