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Ct Scan Of The Thorax
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?
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
33 y/m.6 months ago i have chest X-ray and CT scan thorax,both normal.recently 15-18 days have shoulder,neck,muscle and mild chest pain. lung cancer?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My wife is diagnosed with reactive lymphadenitis, and CT scan of chest is normal.What should I do?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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?
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
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