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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

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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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What to do if i lost use of my left hand after having triple by pass, a CT scan was done, i now have nerve damage?

What to do if i lost use of my left hand after having triple by pass, a CT scan was done, i now have nerve damage?

Keep trying: It is possible you may have had a stroke on the right half of your brain or have some nerve deficit on your left upper extremity. As a general rule , if in 100days it is still flaccid it may remain flaccid, however if some function has begun to return, it may continue to improve past the 100day mark. So continue pt/ot efforts. Do not give up, keep trying. What youhave a yearlater isprettymuch it. ...Read more

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8 year old have spasms in left hand and foot. Spasm getting more frequent and larger. There is no pain and the CT scan showed nothing abnormal.Advise?

MRI: CT is limited to what it can see. You did not mention what the CT was for or what body part. In the pediatric age group, MRI is preferable in view of its lack of X-ray and better soft tissue visualization. MRI should include head, neck and thoracic spines at the least. Perhaps that will get to the root of the issue. Good luck ...Read more

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What to do if I have calcification on the left hand side of my heart a very small dot on the CT scan how bad is this?

What to do if I have calcification on the left hand side of my heart a very small dot on the CT scan how bad is this?

Calcification: No need to worry about small dotted calcification. It is an aging process. If it is in the heart blood vessels you have to follow healthy life style instructions to prevent further blocks. ...Read more

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I have problem on left hand chest , I have done ECG and CT scan for the heart but they can't find anything with my heart?

I have problem on left hand chest , I have done ECG and CT scan for the heart but they can't find anything with my heart?

Chest pain: Most causes of chest pain are not cardiac. However, an ECG and ct are not conclusive for ruling out a cardiac problem. That would entail seeing a cardiologist for a stress test. ...Read more

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Having chest and neck to left hand pain went to ER did CT scan, chest xray, ECG did see cardio everythng comes bk normal stll worried what could it be?

Having chest and neck to left hand pain went to ER did CT scan, chest xray, ECG did see cardio everythng comes bk normal stll worried what could it be?

Musculoskeletal pain: Suzie, At your age, I would think that you have a problem with the nerves and muscles in your neck and chest. The nerves for the left upper extremity come out of the neck. There may be spasm in the muscles of your neck and chest that are causing the pain down to your hand. Go to your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic the be evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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My 79 yr. Old mom has been having dizzy spells with her left thumb turning cold and purple.She has has CT and been checked up an my mom has been checked out through various scans but nothing comes up neg.

My 79 yr. Old mom has been having dizzy spells with her left thumb turning cold and purple.She has has CT and been checked up an my mom has been checked out through various scans but nothing comes up neg.

A : A cold, purple digit (finger, thumb, or toe) often indicates a problem with blood supply. Blood vessels can be affected by a lot of things, including inflammatory and rheumatologic conditions (such as vasculitis or raynaud's syndrome), or degenerative changes, such as atherosclerosis. It is difficult to relate many of these causes to other things that cause dizziness, but when an upper limb is involved, one's mind tends to consider a condition such as subclavian steal syndrome. Disorders suspicious for blood vessel involvement can often be checked by ultrasound, which is a (fairly) inexpensive and (fairly) comfortable test. Dizziness in older people is a dangerous symptom, because it can often lead to falls. Complications resulting from falls are the leading cause of death from injury in those older than age 65, and the fifth leading cause of death in older adults. Dizziness and falls in older people have a large number of causes, many of which aren't easily fixed. But, there is very good medical evidence that physical therapy (pt) involving exercise (gait, balance, strength, flexibility, movement, general physical activity, and endurance) reduce the rate of falls and the risk of falling. It is important to get these issues checked out. A good first step would be a primary care (internal medicine or family practice) doctor, who could help to determine whether the problem needs consultation by a rheumatologist, neurologist, or vascular surgeon, and who can arrange physical therapy consultation to reduce the risk of falls. ...Read more

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Slight tingle in left hand(pink&ring)tingles in left foot too/ clean blood work and cat scan! super nervous. I have been getting allergy/sinus headach?

Slight tingle in left hand(pink&ring)tingles in left foot too/ clean blood work and cat scan! super nervous. I have been getting allergy/sinus headach?

Calm down: Don't let your nerves get the best of you. What body part got the cat scan and why? I would see an orthopedist since there is hand and foot involvement and let them conclude if you have isolated nerve compressions i.E carpal and tarsal tunner syndrome or some radiculpathy more proximally i.E the back, or some systemic disorder. I do not think the sinus headache is related. Feel better. ...Read more

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Don't trust hospital here.Rn told other rn he put IV wrong so they had to hand inject my CT scan dye.Is that safe? Will i be ok .Not feeling well .

Don't trust hospital here.Rn told other rn he put IV wrong so they had to hand inject my CT scan dye.Is that safe? Will i be ok .Not feeling well .

safe: It is safe. Normally in ct we use "power injectors" that are computer operated. However these can not be used with ivs that are too small or that are in vessels that are too small. In those cases, the contrast is injected by hand at a slower rate. ...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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My CT scan reported small left renal calculus! what could this mean? Kindly elaborate.

Kidney stone: It may never cause problems or it might pass into the ureter at some point and cause pain and possibly some blood in the urine. ...Read more

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What could a dark spot on the left temporal part of the head mean following a CT scan?

Skin lesion: CT scans do not cause burns or trauma to the skin. It may just be a coincidence. If it does not go away on its own or gets larger, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Ct scan results "numerous lymph nodes in right and left neck. Stable in appearance" What does this mean?

Important facts: To fully answer, more details are needed, but this is what I know: You had a CT done of your neck to follow-up on the finding of some lymph nodes in your neck. Usually this is done to make sure someone doesn't have cancer or that someone who you know does have cancer does not have progressive disease. In your case, it is reassuring to find a "stable" appearance but you must meet with your doctor. ...Read more

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Non-stop pain on the left side of my head, sometimes feels like throbbing? Ct scan was normal. What could it be?

The CT needs to be: With contrast to look for subtle things, but the good news is that your horrific impossible pain is not likely to be a brain tumor, and you need a full neurologic w/u to assess migraine, cluster headache, and possibly spinal tap to rule out subtle bleed. ...Read more

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Ct scan report states: there conchabullosa on the left. What does this mean? Does it have to do with my sinuses?

See below: It is an air filled cavity that most people do not have inside the nose. It is a likely cause of nasal obstruction and is easy to fix if needed. Most ENT surgeons do this in the or, however, some like myself, perform it under local anesthesia in the office. It is not painful and takes less than 5 minutes. ...Read more

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For one week after a full day of chores low back/sacral region to the left very painful. No meds r working. Ct scan normal?

Not surprising CT ..: Is normal. Sounds like low back strain. Please see your doctor for a full history and examination. This will likely resolve with conservative treatment - antiinflammatory medicine, perhaps muscle relaxants, and ice. Physical therapy may also be helpful, especially if the above is not very successful. If all of that fails, and you have symptoms extending down a leg, an MRI may be needed. ...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.?

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

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My CT scan shows few ill defined linear reticular opacities noted in the superior segment of the left lower lobe. What does it mean?

Reticular Opacity: There is a reason why CT scan of chest was ordered by your doctor. This finding needs to be correlated to your clinical symptoms and previous history of exposure to infectious diseases. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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