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Had a CT scan with IV contrast of thorax and upper abdomen. What can be seen on this scan? Which organs is now checked out?

Had a CT scan with IV contrast of thorax and upper abdomen. What can be seen on this scan? Which organs is now checked out?

Lots of things!: Your scan included the base of neck, chest, including lymph nodes, blood vessels, the heart, and lungs, and upper abdomen. There is much to see but hopefully it will be ok. ...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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On chemo for metastic colon cancer . Ct scan coming up - says Neck, thorax , abdomen and pelvis . Is neck usually scanned ?

On chemo for metastic colon cancer . Ct scan coming up - says Neck, thorax , abdomen and pelvis . Is neck usually scanned ?

Yes: There are multiple sites where metastatic colon cancer can appear. While the liver and lung are the most common visceral sites other than lymph nodes in abdomen , spread can occur to the left supraclavicular fossa. Troisier sign is the finding of a hard and enlarged left supraclavicular neck node (Virchow's node). It is a sign of metastatic abdominal malignancy draining the thoracic duct. ...Read more

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CT scan 1mm calcified granuloma lower left lobe lower thorax. Had hole in lung as premature baby, needed tube, now healed. Could this be the cause?

CT scan 1mm calcified granuloma lower left lobe lower thorax. Had hole in lung as premature baby, needed tube, now healed. Could this be the cause?

Calcification: if the chest tube was inserted in the that location, most likely it is the cause of that calcification, but close follow up with your pediatrician & pulmonary specialist to make sure there is no other cause for it. Good luck. ...Read more

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If doing a CT scan, does it include both chest and head?

If doing a CT scan, does it include both chest and head?

Depends: What region is scanned depends on why the scan is ordered. If the patient is unresponsive or in a trauma situation, the scan is often more widespread to include head and body. If a medical problem appears to be isolated to the chest or head, only that area is scanned. ...Read more

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My wife is diagnosed with reactive lymphadenitis, and CT scan of chest is normal.What should I do?

My wife is diagnosed with reactive lymphadenitis, and CT scan of chest is normal.What should I do?

Reactive: Means it comes and goes, triggers could be infection, medications, immunity, the fact that they don't last and ct is clear suggest is not lymphoma or sarcoidosis. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had a CT scan done on my chest for the first time and was wondering if it's normal to have 4 images taken at once? is that alot? to much radiation?

I had a CT scan done on my chest for the first time and was wondering if it's normal to have 4 images taken at once?  is that alot? to much radiation?

Not sure: What you mean by four images at once. Do you mean it was a 4 detector spiral/multi slice scanner? If so, then that is the way the scanner normally operates. Did they actually scan your chest 4 times? That would be unusual. Did they do 4 sets of reconstructions after the scan? That is normal post processing from data obtained from a single scan. Can you be more specific? ...Read more

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Is a ct scan of the chest safe?

Is a ct scan of the chest safe?

Perspective : It depends on why you are getting it. Is the risk greater than the benefit? If so, then probably not a good idea to get it. If the potential benefit is greater than the risk of not getting it, then I'd say absolutely, get it done. However, just know, the radiation exposure to a CT is about the same as 200 chest X-rays. ...Read more

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What are some abnormalities find in a CT scan of chest?

What are some abnormalities find in a CT scan of chest?

Lots: The chest mainly contains the lungs , heart and great vessels. Ct can see small tumors, either primary lung cancer or metastatic disease which frequently goes to the lung. It is most commonly used to detect tumors but is also used to quickly diagnose in trauma cases. It's also for evaluating heart and vessels abnormalities. It can diagnose and follow chronic lung diseases. ...Read more

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What are abnormalities can they find in a CT scan of chest?

Many: The scan can find blood clots (pulmonary embolism), enlarged lymph nodes, fluid between the chest wall the the lung (pleural effusion), lung nodules, fluid between the heart and its enclosing sack (pericardial effusion), sometimes abnormalities of the esophagus (the swallowing tube) and liver and lastly hernias of the diaphragm. This is not all inclusive but covers most of the common abnormalities. ...Read more

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Abnormal CT scan of chest what could this be? Ct scan of chest

Abnormal CT scan of chest what could this be? Ct scan of chest

Need more info: All that we can tell u from the little info in your question is that it is not normal. That could mean anything from some slight changes that are of no concern all the way to serious problems related to any organ in your chest. Ask the md who ordered it to explain the findings. ...Read more

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What are the risk of chest CT scan?

What are the risk of  chest CT scan?

Risks include....: Radiation imparted to the body as a part of the scan. 1 ct scan of the chest is the equivalent of about 5, 000 chest x-rays. This sounds like a high number, but in reality, if you only receive 1 ct scan, the overall risk of developing cancer or other complications is very low. The information gained from a ct scan versus a single chest x-ray is much greater and can aid in diagnostics. ...Read more

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Why might someone need a chest CT scan?

Why might someone need a chest CT scan?

Chest CT: Including but not limited to: 1) Abnormal chest xray, 2) Persistent clinical symptoms, 3) Smoking or other inhalational exposure where chronic lung disease or cancer is suspected, 4) Chronic lung disease/fibrosis of some other cause, 5) Cardiovascular abnormalities. Basically there are lots of reasons depending on your history or symptoms. Talk with your primary doc and your radiologist! ...Read more

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How old do you have to be to get a chest ct scan?

How old do you have to be to get a chest ct scan?

Chest CT: There is no age limit - the only issues is if you cannot stay still for good pics ...Read more

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Increased urine output? I did have a CT scan of my chest yesterday, I heard that the dye can cause increase urine the day after. Is this true?

Increased urine output? I did have a CT scan of my chest yesterday, I heard that the dye can cause increase urine the day after.  Is this true?

We'll sort of: the older X-ray dyes or contrast media were hypertonic and did cause a dieresis. Urine output would go up. The newer nonionic media might cause a slight increase. It is still advised to drink water afterward to flush those hardworking kidneys ...Read more

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If I had a Ct scan of chest and it said no plaque or calcium build up. does that mean my pipes are good?Ct with contrast of chest Would that see block

If I had a Ct scan of chest and it said no plaque or calcium build up. does that mean my pipes are good?Ct with contrast of chest Would that see block

If you had a CT: calcium scoring scan, it means you have a probability of atherosclerotic coronary artery disease near zero. This type of scan doesn't evaluate coronary artery anatomy, nor can it detect non calcified "soft" plaque. That type of CT requires contrast injection. If you just had a routine chest CT, it wouldn't be that sensitive for detecting early coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a chest CT scan?

What are the risks of a chest CT scan?

If you keep it limit: There are none as long as it is without contrast . With contrast there is always a small risk of an allergic reaction. As long as the number of these scans is limited then the risks from radiation from the x-rays is very limited. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get lymphoma from one chest CT scan?

Is it possible to get lymphoma from one chest CT scan?

Not sure what you...: ...mean but if you are asking if the radiation exposure from just one CT scan is enough to cause cancer, I think that would be exceedingly unlikely. There are inherited traits that lead to increased cancer risk with radiation exposure but even then it would be a very rare occurrence. Cannot say it is impossible, though. That is why scans have to be ordered when truly necessary, not capriciously. ...Read more

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What is the risk of getting leukaemia from one chest CT scan?

Extremely low: The radiation dose from one cat scan is pretty low by itself. If you were having multiple cat scans for many years that would be more dangerous from a radiation standpoint. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Computed tomography (ct scan) or computed axial tomography (cat scan), is a medical imaging procedure that utilizes computer-processed x-rays to produce tomographic images or 'slices' of specific ...Read more