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Ct Scan Of The Left Thumb
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"ct scan of my wife age 41, says ovareies show cyst of size 83x62mm on left & 64x44 on right with fine septum."
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
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
Ad bloods n CT scan 2 weeks ago all normal had low left side pain scan showd faecal loadin 3 weeks later im still in pain wht can it be ??
Complex problem: It is obvious you have had extensive work up already. Feces is almost never a problem. There are a number of possible causes of left sided pain including: kidney stones, bowel disease, muscle sprains, skin infections, none descript back problems and more. Go back to your doctor and explain your concerns. If you don't like the doctors answer, get a second opinion (not on the internet) ...Read more
Large hard lump can feel had for 5+yr slight left on tlbone. Ct scan showed nada, but 5 drs can feel. What wont show ct? Pylondial ruled out.
? Cebaceous cyst?: Quite likely if just below the skin with a negative ct and now 5 years out. Quite likely not a malignant growth. The area is quite uncomfortable to sit on with that lesion there, so sometimes it's hard to decide the right thing to do, so you avoid messing with it surgically as long as you can. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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