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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Computed tomography is also known as CT scan. 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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What does 'diffuse severe attenuation of the left vertebral artery" mean on a neck ct scan with contrast?

What does 'diffuse severe attenuation of the left vertebral artery" mean on a neck ct scan with contrast?

Risk of stroke: Depending on age and other risks, this could be caused by arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), certain autoimmune diseases associated with arterial inflammation (arteritis), certain infections (e.g. syphilis), and other conditions. Whatever the cause, the person with this finding may be at high risk for stroke. Discuss with your doctor without delay. ...Read more

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What does 'diffuse severe attenuation of the left vertebral artery" mean on a neck ct scan with contrast? Could it be cause of previous spontaneous arterial brachial clot or subclavian clot?

What does 'diffuse severe attenuation of the left vertebral artery" mean on a neck ct scan with contrast? Could it be cause of previous spontaneous arterial brachial clot or subclavian clot?

Hard to: say with certainty without access to the images and report, but most commonly this is simply due to a developmental/congenital anatomic variation whereby one vertebral artery is very small. This would not be the cause of a clot elsewhere. ...Read more

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What is lemierre's syndrome? My neck CT scan shows this says clinical concern for lemierre's syndrome.

What is  lemierre's syndrome?  My neck CT scan shows this says clinical concern for  lemierre's syndrome.

Lemierre's syndrome: Lemierre's syndrome refers to infected clot in your veins. It affects young, healthy adults and develops most often after a sore throat caused by some bacteria of the streptococcus genus has created a peritonsillar abscess. The bacteria penetrate into the neighboring jugular vein in the neck and there they cause an infected clot which can break off and cause an infected pulmonary embolus. ...Read more

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What does hypertrophy mean on a neck CT scan?

What does hypertrophy mean  on a neck CT scan?

It depends on: where in the spine the hypertrophy is but basically it is the overgrowth of some part of the spine. ...Read more

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By any chance can a neck ct scan pick up a pancoast tumor?

Possibly.: The tops of the lungs might have been included on the scan, in which case a pancoast tumor could be visualized. ...Read more

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Swollen right supraclavicular node over 2 months. Gyno said go to ENT for biopsy but general Dr ordered neck ct scan. Which should I do? Ct then ENT?

Both: I'm concerned about supraclavicar lymph nodes that linger and are large. I would suggest the CT first so the ENT will have something in his hand when you meet ...Read more

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I've had a neck ct scan and four x-rays and a hida scan? I'm worried about the radiation exposure... Should I? All in the past year, I'm a 34yr F.

CT scan; not the Xra: CT scans involve ~400 times more radiation exposure as Xrays, & so if u worry abt unnecessary radiation risk, limit CT scans. HIDA & Xrays involve so little radiation that u prob got as much from walking outside in 1 yr as u got from those tests. At 34, most of ur organs have developed, so there's no immediate threat; however, there's a lifetime radiation limit. Too much testng will catch up 2u@80 ...Read more

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