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Ct Scan With Contrast Of Neck
I have noticed bilateral supraclavicular bulges, most notably when arms are extended or shoulders pulled back. CT scan with contrast of neck showed nothing. Bloodword normal. What could this be?
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
Hard lump in neck CT scan with contrast came back unremarkable, what can this be? Can this still be cancer? With clear ct?
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
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?
I recently had a Head and Neck CT scan. One without and one with contrast. What are the chances a brain tumor causing symptoms was missed?
Very remote: CT scan will pick up a brain tumor easily although it is not the best test for small (tiny) tumors. But then you would not have any symptoms from a small lesion. Please share information about your symptoms with us....we like to have detailed history of what is bothering you to start with. ...Read more
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
Possibly.: The tops of the lungs might have been included on the scan, in which case a pancoast tumor could be visualized. ...Read more
What can cause dilation of the food pipe? It's to the left of my food pipe. This was found through a neck ct scan.
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
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
Can saliva glands be seen on a head CT scan especially the parotid gland or would a neck CT have to be done to see this?
Severe headache, blurry vision, stiff neck. Ct scan normal. ER doc felt confident. Could A CT scan have missed a cavernous sinus thrombosis?
It depends: On the technical parameters of the scan. If it was performed without IV contrast or performed as a "routine" head CT not specifically tailored to look for cavernous sinus thrombosis, yes. CST is a clinical diagnosis, so if there was no clinical suspicion, there would be no reason to tailor the CT scan. ...Read more
A radiologist looks at lymph nodes, the airway, blood vessels, glands, muscles, esophagus, upper lungs, bones, epiglottis, larynx, and a portion of the brain and sinuses.
This test is ideal for evaluating cancer, infection, inflammation, enlarged lymph nodes, and trauma among other things. ...Read more
Can a CT scan of the neck without contrast give meaningful information on a lump? I am breastfeeding.
Yes: It can definitely help. A ct with contrast is better. If you're worried about breast feeding with the contrast, its not an issue. The amount that is actually eventually absorbed by the baby from the stomach is extremely small. Much less than we give babies actually getting a ct scan. ...Read more
I have a heavy pulse in the back of my neck near base of the skull along with stiffness, minor headache CT scan no contrast came out normal. Causes?
Severe neck&upper spine pain. Mri results show crystal calcium deposits at c1 C2 I was rushed to get CT scan without contrast. What is going on?
Have had throat and ear pain for about 5 weeks on and off. Ct scan of neck with contrast normal/ unremarkable? What could this be?
My doctor ordered a CT scan with contrast. I am on thyroid meds and worried about the dye/contrast. What can I do?
No worries: There is not a concern, if the ct is evaluating other parts of your body, including the neck. The contrast will not cause a problem with your thyroid or your medications. But, you don't want to do this type of ct scan, if your doctor later plans on evaluating the thyroid itself with a radioactive uptake nuclear medicine scan because it can interfere with that and skew the results. ...Read more
Can chest CT scan puts me at the higher risk of thyroid cancer? Chest CT was done with contrast. Can contrast used in chest CT damage thyroid?
Yes, no: There is some evidence that chest ct could put one at higher risk for thyroid cancer - but almost all of these suggest that it is dose dependent and that it would take repeated scans/exposure to elevate the risk. You can request protective covering for thyroid if need additional scans. The contrast used will not cause thyroid damage or disease. ...Read more
I got an contrast CT Scan (IV Injected) day before yesterday and today I have sore throat and couple of rashes in my mouth. What should I do?
Seasonal flu: Your symptoms described above has nothing to do with your CT scan or the IV contrast. Seasonal flu is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g.Aleve) are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP for reevaluation. ...Read more
If a head & neck CT with contrast didn't show anything 6 months ago, what is the likelihood it would now? Still having pain and still no diagnosis.
Unlikely: Repeating a head CT would probably not show anything different if it was clear 6 mos ago. If the pain is severe your doctors might want to consider MRI which shows the soft tissue of the brain better than CT and gives you no radiation exposure. I hope you get some relief soon. ...Read more
Groin & cervical enlarged ln's that are visible just looking at me. Neck CT w/ contrast said they are not enlarged. Why/ how? Doc didn't get groin ct.
Need to ask your. ..:
Physician about these suspected enlarged lymph nodes. A ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis may be useful to further evaluate this finding depending on a physical exam.
A biopsy may be necessary to make an exact diagnosis, but it is too early to make that determination yet. ...Read more
Will a head and neck CT with contrast rule out a tumor? Reason I had it is constant head and neck pain on left side X6months. Normal results.
I have undiagnosed mod blood and 1+ protein in my urine. I'm supposed to get a neck CT w contrast tomorrow. Normal cmp. Should I get the ct?
Will a neck ct with no contrast show enlarged lymph nodes? I have neck swelling that is really scaring me. Also tightness. Could it be lymph nodes?
Yes and yes: Ref: http://gamma. Wustl. Edu/docs/Soft%20Tissue%20Neck%20CT%20Anatomy. PdfGet a more detailed answer ›
Had a CT scan of my neck. What was the stuff put in IV that made me feel hot inside? What was it for?
IV contrast: IV contrast is often used in CTs to better visualize structures. ...Read more
Many kinds could.: The neck is an anatomically complicated region with many internal structures. A ct scan of the neck could show both primary and secondary cancers (tumors that started in the neck and tumors that have spread to the neck from other parts of the body). One primary neck cancer that might be seen on a neck scan is thyroid cancer. Lymphoma is another. Tongue / tonsil / larynx cancers also... ...Read more
It depends how you: Define 'upper'. The cervical esophagus (the part in the neck) is demonstrated, but most of the esophagus is in the chest. ...Read more
Findings on Exam?: Perhaps there were findings on a physical exam that were not explained by the ultrasound? Why not ask your doctor? ...Read more
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