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Ct Scan Vs Mri For Back Pain
MRI vs CT: A ct myelogram (where contrast is injected to highlight discs, nerves, etc) is comparable to a back mri. Orthopedic surgeons & neurologists have their preference. Both will do a thorough exam before recommending an imaging study. Conservative treatment with analgesics, muscle relaxers, physical therapy may be enough at first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What can a hip/pelvic CT scan show that a MRI cannot? (dr ordered bilateral hip/pelvic CT scan 2x45min in machine-worried about radiation)
Have pain and hemangioma at lumbar 2, dc with CT scan. Now what? Flank and back pain. Osteopenia. Ct scan diagnosed hemangioma.
Many reasons: If ct of abdomen showed abnormality in kidney or bladder suspicious for cancer. Abnormalities in other organs such as liver, pancreas, bowel can also be seen. Ct exam also demonstrates lower lung field and if something a nodule or pleural effusion was visualized. A bone scan is survey looking for metastatic bone disease. Sometimes bone abnormalities suspicious for tumor can also be detected on ct. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whats better for diagnosing pancreatic cancer.... Ct scan or mri? I've had normal ultrasound and CT scan with contrast. Still worried.
Had CT scan for stones, came back clear. Low back pain. Nurse says low back wld not show on CT scan? Wld spinal tumor show up from CT of area?Confused
Whats better for diagnosing pancreatic cancer? Ct scan or mri? 34yr male. I've had normal ultrasound and CT scan with contrast. Still worried.
CT, ERCP, MRCP: Thin-slice (3 mm) ct abdomen yields fine detail of pancreatic structures... Blood tests including tumor markers: ca-19-9, ca-15-3, and cea can alert the clinician for ca. Also, ERCP w/ ductal brushings (though its endoscopy) can search for malignancy. Finally, mrcp may add to the clinical picture, but 64-bit ct is slowly encroaching on the former's superiority. ...Read more
Is MRI scan good as CT scan for identifying why I have persistent abdominal pain for last 6 months.
Ct of kidneys, MRI and plain xray of lumb spine, all normal.Still have low back pain. On initial pl xray 2.4x2.1mm cyst was on rt ovary.Cld be cancer?
Unlikely: Cancer is pretty low down the list of possibilities. The ovarian cyst is a common and normal finding and it is really unlikely that it has anything to do with your low back pain. Low back pain is a very nonspecific symptom with numerous causes, so it may take a while to figure it out. ...Read more
8years ago I did ct scan for head
5years Xray for kidney
2months panoramic Xray for teeth
2week Xray of spine
2days mri of spine
Can this cause cancer?
No: All x-ray exposure is cumulative, but doses are minimized as much as possible. your Panoramic x-ray, for example, is less radiation than you would receive spending a day in the mountains, or two on the beach. If you are concerned, schedule an appointment with your General Physician for evaluation. ...Read more
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Maybe: First exam should be a simple abdomen xray. If doctor thinks the gallbladder could be diseased, then an ultrasound is best. Most other ailments best served with a ct scan. Mri can help if a patient can't have ct contrast because of prior reaction or poor functioning kidneys. Mri scans take longer, cost more, and not readily available as ct scans. ...Read more
Depends : On body part imaged. See radiologyinfo.Org for detailed discussion of these studies. ...Read more
Had l spine xray and CT scan for kidney stones, all clear. Low back pain..Would l spine xray have shown lower back tumor? No stones, uti, etc.
No: An x-ray of the lumbar spine would predominantly show only bone. In general, an x-ray is not a very sensitive test to detect the specific cause of back pain in most patients. Consider requesting an MRI which shows the bone, but also shows the nerves, discs, and other soft tissues of the back and is therefore much more sensitive than an x-ray. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
A mid back MRI ordered for history of 8 mo abdominal pain, right flank pain, 3 CT scans neg. How likely is it that the abd pain is spinal related?
Radiologist read my pelvic CT scan incorrectly i went in to ER for very bad pelvic pain and back aches. They ordered a no contrast CT scan of pelvis. The first CT scan report read right ovary is larger than left (i don't have a left) with somewhat heterog
It : It can be very difficult to tell much about soft tissue structures like the ovary without contrast. Still, it sounds like there may be a discrepancy in the interpretations, so a follow-up study would be in order. The best way to look at the uterus and ovaries is with ultrasound. The round and broad ligaments are normal structures, by the way, so the fact that they are seen is of no concern. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Looking at bone: The CT scan is better than MRI in detecting bone fractures or pathologies involving the bone. MRI is better at distinguishing between soft tissues. CT scan is also faster & quieter than MRI. However, the CT scan uses radiation & there has been an explosion of radiation-related conditions in recent years. Each modality measures different things. So ask your doctor if the test is needed or not. GL. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more