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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

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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I think i fractured my left wrist playing baseball, do I need to get a CT scan?

I think i fractured my left wrist playing baseball, do I need to get a CT scan?

Probably not.: If you happen to be a professional player, then maybe. Otherwise, plain x-rays will show most fractures. If you have persisting pain with no visible break on x-ray, a ct scan may be considered to take a closer look at the structures of the wrist. If this is the case, then an MRI may also be considered, which can better show the soft tissues (like tendons and ligaments) if there is a sprain/strain. ...Read more

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What is the process of getting a CT scan of your right wrist?

What is the process of getting a CT scan of your right wrist?

Get Dr's order & go: This testing requires a doctor's order to perform. So with one, you then choose where to have it performed--either at a freestanding radiology center (like american, advanced, or others), or use a hospital's radiology services--the latter may take longer to schedule, as have inpatients to take care of also. Once done, the images will be reviewed by a radiologist, and reported to ordering doctor. ...Read more

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Diagnosis of wrist pain with normal CT scan, increase with exercise, stress and typing .

Diagnosis of wrist pain with normal CT scan, increase with exercise, stress and typing .

MRI Much Better: Mri shows the tendons and ligaments much better than ct, as well as bone edema/bruising that ct cannot. Ct is best for suspected fracture after significant trauma. ...Read more

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I have fracture of the lunate, also deteriating-CT scan showed. Kienbock's disease. I was told 2 options- fused wrist or limp wrist with no grip?

I have fracture of the lunate, also deteriating-CT scan showed. Kienbock's disease. I was told 2 options- fused wrist or limp wrist with no grip?

Kienbock's disease: You have a nasty condition. There is an excellent discussion on the web at www.orthoinfo.aaos.org. It details the various options available to you. Hopefully that will help you make a decision. ...Read more

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Had a CT scan on wrist showed no fracture. But could it miss a avalsion fracture. Which is basically a chipped bone, what to do?

Had a CT scan on wrist showed no fracture. But could it miss a avalsion fracture. Which is basically a chipped bone, what to do?

See hand specialist: Ct scan is very good at identifying certain fractures in the wrist, depending on how fine the cuts are. A small chipped bone is not of much concern unless it is associated with a ligament injury. A hand specialist is the best person to evaluate you for a ligament injury. Sometimes additional tests - MRI and/or arthrogram - are necessary, and some injuries benefit from early surgcial intervention. ...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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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