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Why did they want a cta chest scan?

Why did they want a cta chest scan?

?: See radiologyinfo.Org for info. Ask your doc why. ...Read more

Cta (Definition)

Computed tomography angiography. Specialized contrast enhanced CT technique that visualizes the blood vessels. Can simulate a traditional angiogram without ...Read more


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Could a cta chest scan with IV contrast detect problems with the heart?

Could a cta chest scan with IV contrast detect problems with the heart?

Not best: Test for heart but sometimes we see things like coronary artery disease and large atrial septal defects. Aortic valve disease can sometimes be seen. Best to have appropriate test for the portion of the heart your doc is worried about. ...Read more

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Docs, could a cta chest scan with IV contrast detect problems with the heart?

Docs, could a cta chest scan with IV contrast detect problems with the heart?

Yes: Cta is a contrast study of the lungs usually but if correct images are obtained the heart can also be evaluated. ...Read more

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Chest cta notes 3mm and 5mm ground glass nodules. Dr didn't seem worried. I read these are more likely to be cancer. what should I do?

Chest cta notes 3mm and 5mm ground glass nodules. Dr didn't seem worried. I read these are more likely to be cancer. what should I do?

Follow up checks: Lung nodules on CT cans are common; most of these nodules are benign unless you are a heavy smoker. The best way to resolve the question of them being benign or cancerous is to obtain a follow up CT scan in 6 months. If they remain unchanged they are considered benign. you may have to change your doctor if the first one is not willing to do a follow up with a CT scan of your chest. ...Read more

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Could good quality images of a cta chest detect also detect lung nodules and coronary problems present in the thorax? They detected a liver angioma on mine for example, incidentally ...

Could good quality images of a cta chest detect also detect lung nodules and coronary problems present in the thorax? They detected a liver angioma on mine for example, incidentally ...

Yes: While CT angiogram of the chest won't provide a numeric score for coronary calcium, the radiologist can say whether there is coronary calcification, whether there is more than expected. Lung nodules will definitely be seen on a CT angiogram of the chest. ...Read more

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To start had norm stress test, ECG norm except late trans, cta chest norm and holter norm but getting left side chest pain under breast and into shoulder. Bp fine. Pos Lyme test. Serious? Muscular?

To start had norm stress test, ECG norm except late trans, cta chest norm and holter norm but getting left side chest pain under breast and into shoulder. Bp fine. Pos Lyme test. Serious? Muscular?

Lab tests: Your cardiac labs are fine. The positive lyme titer is of some concern. The symptom is nonspecific and not a high probability for being heart caused. Should discuss with your doctor about musculoskeletal and also the signficance if any of the positive lyme titer. ...Read more

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Having middle chest pain but dr says he doesnt think its heart related even thought my cta was nconclusive. what else could it be.

Having middle chest pain but dr says he doesnt think its heart related even thought my cta was nconclusive. what else could it be.

Chest pain : A variety of structures may be responsible for chest pain (other than heart) including esophagus, lung and related structures and commonly musculoskeletal, sometimes hard to diagnose. History and physical exam are critical in determining true cause. Would suggest keeping a log for your pain with diurnal variation, activities that change the intensity of the pain, etc looking for a pattern. ...Read more

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Chest pain x1yr. diangosis pericarditis. Tx but still pain. Stress test and CTA norm 8 mo ago.Card now wants nuclear stress. What else could this show?

Nothing: The nuclear stress test will not provide any new information about your chest pain that was not provided by your recent stress teats and CTA. I am not sure how firmly the diagnosis of pericarditis was obtained but in some few case pericarditis can become chronic and often times resistant to treatment including NSAIDS and steroid. Sometimes adding Colchicine can help ...Read more

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I've had 6 CT scans in a year. Is this really dangerous for me? Should I be worried about getting cancer now? The CTa were: 1 head, 2 abdomen, 3 chest

I've had 6 CT scans in a year. Is this really dangerous for me? Should I be worried about getting cancer now? The CTa were: 1 head, 2 abdomen, 3 chest

Almost no risk of Ca: Please see: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-much-ct-scans-increase-risk-cancer/ also: 1) Risk of induced Ca from 6 CTs is very, very low. 2) There may be cellular repair at doses as low as CT, limiting cancer induction. (We don't know how much). 3) Whatever the theoretical risk, there must be a good reason to do the CT in the first place. I would worry more about why so many CTs. ...Read more

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Chest pain? Normal cta scan, ekg, blood work all fine. I do have SVT and am on meds. Doc said pain due to stress. But the pain is so severe!

Chest pain? Normal cta scan, ekg, blood work all fine. I do have SVT and am on meds. Doc said pain due to stress. But the pain is so severe!

Atypical Chest Pain: The pain may originate form the esophagus or stomach from spasm of the lower part of the esophagus, reflux of acidic stomach contents into esophagus or gastritis (irritation of stomach lining). These conditions can be evaluated by a gastro-enterologist (gi doctor) who may try acid reducers or other medications. Spasm of the heart arteries can also produce chest discomfort. Stress worsens all above. ...Read more

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Right forearm pain and chest pain occurs within 1 -2 hours after eating pt had a cta triple ruleout 25-50 %blockage of LAD and circumflex. ?

Right forearm pain and chest pain   occurs within 1 -2 hours after eating   pt had a cta triple ruleout  25-50 %blockage of LAD and circumflex.  ?

Need reevaluation: Suspect progression of disease /see your physician for reevaluation and possible changes in medical management or need for further intervention/ angioplasty. ...Read more