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CT Scan benefit outweigh the risk? Im 23 with 3 CT scans already. Doctors concerned about chronic upper left abdomen pain radiating to back.

CT Scan benefit outweigh the risk? Im 23 with 3 CT scans already. Doctors concerned about chronic upper left abdomen pain radiating to back.

Depends: It depends on what your dr is concerned about. CT scans do provide significant radiation exposure. Some causes of left upper abdominal pain can e assessed by ultrasound or endoscopy, depending on your other symptoms and risks. If however, your doctor can provide good reason why CT scan is necessary, then it is probably worth doing. You can always seek a second opinion. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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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Mild forehead ache for a month and now burning sensation in right forearm for a week. Ct scan done in late december last year came back normal. Ideas?

Mild forehead ache for a month and now burning sensation in right forearm for a week. Ct scan done in late december last year came back normal. Ideas?

Headache: Hard to say. Clearly your doctor has evaluated you and was perhaps concerned about a cervical disc problem, thus the ct scan. Burning in arm can be a peripheral nerve problem. Headache perhaps tension? Sinus related? Blood work done perhaps to include a lyme test. ...Read more

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I had a IV today for a cat scan put in my forearm, it still hurts and been two hours, can a IV site start to bleed again if I am not careful?

I had a IV today for a cat scan put in my forearm, it still hurts and been two hours, can a IV site start to bleed again if I am not careful?

Pain in the IV: An iv, or intravenous line, allows direct access to a vein for blood draws or medicine administration. Because placing it punctures the vein, bleeding can occur at any time during the procedure into the surrounding tissue. This can cause pain, swelling, bruising. Applying ice quickly tends to reduce the bleeding, but pain at the site that persists should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Results of CT scan of left kidney: several large stones that may be difficult to pass. What is the likely next step.

Results of CT scan of left kidney: several large stones that may be difficult to pass. What is the likely next step.

Here are some ...: First, Doc and you will jointly decide if, when, and how to remove the "offending" stones. The options may be percutaneous nephrolithotripsy / ESWL or the procedures through the urethra to bladder upto ureter / kidney depending on the number, stone load, instrument / equipment availability, surgeon's proficiency, etc. So, ask Doc for detail... ...Read more

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I had a CT scan for left side flank pain it was fine. I still have pain what might this be?

I had a CT scan for left side flank pain it was fine. I still have pain what might this be?

Muscular: If you are overweight, one of the biggest causes is stretching of the muscle wall. Make sure also that someone checks your kidneys. If you are female, it could be ovarian or uterine pain from several causes. ...Read more

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My left side vertebra lot of pain deep inside ct scan shows clear.my age is 74yrs what could be cause?

My left side vertebra lot  of pain  deep inside ct scan shows clear.my age is 74yrs what could be cause?

Not sure about: what you are asking! What do you mean "left side vetebrae" The veterbrae are CENTRALLY located! The next step would be a BONE SCAN! however if the pain is not IN the bone itself an MRI would be preferable! Ask your question again with more info! Dr Z ...Read more

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"ct scan of my wife age 41, says ovareies show cyst of size 83x62mm on left & 64x44 on right with fine septum." ?

"ct scan of my wife age 41, says ovareies show cyst of size 83x62mm on left & 64x44 on right with fine septum."

  
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Get an MRI: Most of these cysts will be benign and never cause problems. However, these cysts are somewhat large and MRI is best able to demonstrate whether they have benign or concerning characteristics. See reference: radiology: volume 256: number 3, september 2010. ...Read more

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Had CT scan for upper left ab pain. Shows all normal. Would an MRI show anything different or new? What's the difference?

Probably not: CT is pretty good to image the left side of the abdomen. In this setting MRI is best for problem solving. MRI is based on magnetic techniques. Depends on breathing and technology to get image without movement. CT better at stopping breathing movement. Better picture. The stronger the magnet the better the image. None of this explains the symptoms. A more specific pain location then MRI may hel ...Read more

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I had a CT scan recently the scan didn't show anything.I am confused because I have a knot under my ribs on the left side.?

I had a CT scan recently the scan didn't show anything.I am confused because I have  a knot under my ribs on the left side.?

How far under?: Assume your ct was of your ribs. Then "knot" to which you refer is most likely muscle spasm (if painful). The most common non-painful knot would probably be a lipoma (benign fatty tumor) but other causes exist such as abscess, tumor, swollen lymph node have your doctor explain to you what his/her thinking is about your problem, don't just settle for 1 test & a brush off, if that's what's happening. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Korona
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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