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Do I have to see a specialist to get a brain CT scan with dye ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a brain CT scan with dye ordered?

No: You do not need a specialist to order a ct scan, however your insurance may not pay for it unless a specialist orders it. This is one of the problems in us healthcare. Any doctor or qualified healthcare provider can order the scan...But insurance may not pay for it. Check with your insurer first. ...Read more

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Computed Tomography (Definition)

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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Can a CT scan without contrast dye detect brain tumours?

Can a CT scan without contrast dye detect brain tumours?

Should do it: If a brain tumor is causing significant symptoms, it should surely be large enough to be detected on a cat scan. ...Read more

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Does a CT scan without dye detect an unruptured brain anuerysm?

Does a CT scan without dye detect an unruptured brain anuerysm?

Not likely: Most intracranial vascular anomalies, including aneurysms, require IV contrast to be seen on ct head. However, ct without contrast is 90% sensitive for intracranial bleeding. The risks of IV contrast for ct include kidney injury and allergy to contrast dye. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I am likely to need dye for an MRI and CT scan of my brain?

Can you tell me if I am likely to need dye for an MRI and CT scan of my brain?

It helps: Contrast (dye) often adds additional information that is useful. In the setting of acute trauma to the head contrast is often not given. When looking for clues to other neurological problems the contrast can be very beneficial. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan of the head without contrast dye detect brain aneurysms?

Can a CT scan of the head without contrast dye detect brain aneurysms?

Yes: While plain ct scan is not the best test for aneurysm, large aneurysms can potentially be spotted. Mri is a better test, especially when blood vessels are looked at as well. ...Read more

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I am getting a MRI of brain with and without dye.What can the dye show that no dye will not show?Im afraid of the dye.Last CT scan dye caused tremors.

I am getting a MRI of brain with and without dye.What can the dye show that no dye will not show?Im afraid of the dye.Last CT scan dye caused tremors.

MRI/Contrast: Mri of the brain demonstrates very detailed pictures of the brain. Under certain conditions, such as tumors or recent stroke or infection, contrast will show breakdown of the blood/brain barrier. The contrast used in MRI is completely different from ct contrast. ...Read more

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How big does a tumor in cerebellum have to be for it to cause someone to have weak legs and off balance? Would something show on CT scan without dye?

How big does a tumor in cerebellum have to be for it to cause someone to have weak legs and off balance? Would something show on CT scan without dye?

Can be small: It can be very small and still cause symptoms if it is in the right location. CT without contrast might or might not show anything. Best imaging test is MRI with contrast. ...Read more

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Cat scan no dye on brain what are those squiggle lines in you rbrain?

Cat scan  no dye on brain what are those squiggle lines in you rbrain?

Hard to tell.: It is possible that you are seeing the convolutions of the brain cortex which kind off make multiple folds into the brain substance on the surface of the brain. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a CT or cat scan ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a CT or cat scan ordered?

No: No. Any licensed physician can order a ct or cat scan. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants can order them too. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for 3 mos. Chest CT scan was normal. Do i still need to see a lung specialist. My primary care dr. Says "yes". An ENT said no.

I've had a cough for 3 mos.  Chest CT scan was normal.  Do i still need to see a lung specialist.  My primary care dr. Says "yes".  An ENT said no.

Further evaluation: Cough for 3 months needs explanation. Possibilities include infection, allergy, asthma, side effects of medication, and tumor. I agree that you should see a ling specialist. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get an upper extremity CT scan with dye done?

Where do I go to get an upper extremity CT scan with dye done?

Hospital: Radiology dept or a imaging center i can't think of a reason why you woild need one check up on some lesion seen on xray this kind of test best guided by a physician not to be used as ascreening test can follow growth of a known lesion preop detail for surgical planning check with orthopod. ...Read more

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Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a thoracic spine CT scan with dye?

Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a thoracic spine CT scan with dye?

Maybe: While there are not usually blood tests ordered, your dr. May want a serum creatinine to check your kidney function before you get the dye. Talk to you dr. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a CT scan see a brain lesion?

Please tell me, could a CT scan see a brain lesion?

Typically yes: Yes, ct scans can typically pick up most brain lesions. Some lesions are very small though and can only be seen on an MRI which is more sensitive. ...Read more

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Had a full brain CT scan will i get cancer in the future, should I be concerned?

Had a full brain CT scan will i get cancer in the future, should I be concerned?

Not likely: While there is no safe level of radiation exposure, it is very unlikely that the ct will measurably increase your risk of cancer. ...Read more

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Would a CT scan detect a brain annurysum and can they see the arteries by the cr scan?

Tests for aneurysm: A standard head CT scan without contrast would probably not show an aneurysm unless it was large. A CT with contrast, or better, a CT angiogram or MR angiogram are much better at determining the presence of a cerebral aneurysm. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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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