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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

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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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 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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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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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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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?

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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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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What does "ct scan w/o contrast" mean?

It means: that the CT scan will be performed without the injection of intravenous contrast material. ...Read more

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What does "ct scan w/o contrast" mean?

CT W/O CONTRAST: This is a CT scan pf the body WITHOUT the need of intravenous (IV) contrast. This does not automatically mean that the study may be done without oral contrast (typically in the setting of a CT of the abdomen and pelvis). Depends on what specifically the doctor is trying to assess. ...Read more

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What is the lower pole region on a CT scan?

"Pole": is not a region on a CT scan. It is sometimes used to reference individual organs on an imaging study, usually the kidneys or thyroid due to their oblong shape. Lower pole means the lower part of the organ(towards the feet), upper pole means the end of the organ pointing towards your head. ...Read more

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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