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Would a CT scan show other problems other than just a "fatty liver"?

Would a CT scan show other problems other than just a "fatty liver"?

Yes: A ct scan of the abodmen provides images that show your entire contents as though you were sliced in two at a given point. While no test shows everything, it shows the bones, soft tissues, organs, intestines, etc., so any issues identifiable by the ct scan can be read by a qualified radiologist and reported to your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Would a CT scan show more abnormalities other than just a "fatty liver"?

Would a CT scan show more abnormalities other than just a "fatty liver"?

What's your complaint: Ct can show a lot of abnormalities if they exist. Fatty liver is often associated with alcohol or metabolic syndrome (diabetes, hypertension, obesity and dyslipidemia), although can be also seen due to more rare causes. ...Read more

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Does CT scan of liver show liver disease or inflammation?

CT of the liver: Can show tumors, cirrhosis, bile duct problems, and overall size. Hepatitis (liver inflammation) can sometimes be suggested by the presence of fluid (edema) around the portal vessels but blood liver function tests are the standard by which liver inflammation is diagnosed. ...Read more

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My enlarged liver? Ct scan shows it is free from disease. What is causing the enlargment?

My enlarged liver? Ct scan shows it is free from disease. What is causing the enlargment?

Could be many things: Hepatomegaly is the medical term for an enlarged liver. The ct scan can rule out the presence of liver tumors or really severe liver disease like cirrhosis, but many other types of disease that cause hepatomegaly won't be visible on the ct scan. Additional blood tests might help narrow down the list of possible causes. ...Read more

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What can a contrast high-res CT scan of the liver show? How about the rest of the abdomen?

What can a contrast high-res CT scan of the liver show? How about the rest of the abdomen?

Lots: For. Example, abnormalies in size or texture due to fat, or scar tissue, e.g. cirrhosis; masses due to fluid filled cysts, solid tumors (cancerous or other);abnornalities in bile ducts, blood vessels; clots; abnormalities in surrounding tissues and organs; other. ...Read more

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Liver calcification, CT scan show small calcification on liver. Is it very serious?

Liver calcification, CT scan show small calcification on liver. Is it very serious?

No: Most likely you like in an area where certain conditions will produce the body to make granulomas which calcify. Old injury also can cause a calcium deposit. Unless there is another reason for the CT, shouldn't be a problem ...Read more

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A 9mm hyper vascular lesion showed up on a recent ct scan, but did not show up on my liver ultrasound last fall? Is this normal?

A 9mm hyper vascular lesion showed up on a recent ct scan, but did not show up on my liver ultrasound last fall? Is this normal?

Yes: Some things do not show up on both types of scans. They may choose to repeat the CT san in 6 months to follow the lesion. ...Read more

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I didn't mention, my CT scan in 2008 said fatty liver but mass lesion is difficult to exclude, 2012, it said liver does not show any definite lesion?

I didn't mention, my CT scan in 2008 said fatty liver but mass lesion is difficult to exclude, 2012, it said liver does not show any definite lesion?

Fatty liver common: Fatty liver occurs in about 1/4 of americans, & correlates with obesity, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, significant alcohol intake. Fatty liver can progress to cirrhosis, so patients with fatty liver (especially if abnormal liver tests) really need to: stop drinking, lose weight, control their sugar & cholesterol. So far so good with your x-ray in that tumors are not described on current films. ...Read more

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Ct scan shows elevated right hemidiaphragm with enlarged liver in 56yr old man. What conditions could cause this?

Ct scan shows elevated right hemidiaphragm with enlarged liver in 56yr old man. What conditions could cause this?

Enlarged liver: Any condition causing liver enlargement can cause diaphragmatic elevation. Liver enlargement can happen from irritation from alcohol, infection, tumors etc, each one of these could be from different causes too. ...Read more

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If a CT scan shows an enlarged liver up to 20cm demonstrating a stable too small to characterize hepatic dome hypodensity what does this mean?

If a CT scan shows an enlarged liver up to 20cm demonstrating a stable too small to characterize hepatic dome hypodensity what does this mean?

The are numerous: Causes of liver enlargement including infection/inflammation, fatty infiltration, metabolic disturbances, cardiac dysfunction, and deposition/storage diseases. Not enough info to venture a guess here. As far as the "too small to characterize" lesion, the vast majority of these incidental lesions are benign cysts or hemangiomas that require no treatment. ...Read more

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Had a CT enterography done to look for crohn's, and it showed subcentimeter lesions (likely cysts) on my liver and kidneys. Concerning that these didn't show on a CT scan I had done a year and a half ago? Or could they grow in that time?

Had a CT enterography done to look for crohn's, and it showed subcentimeter lesions (likely cysts) on my liver and kidneys. Concerning that these didn't show on a CT scan I had done a year and a half ago? Or could they grow in that time?

Cysts: Possible they were not mentioned. You should ask your doctor to recheck the scan. Cysts of solid organs are not uncommon and usually benign. Following with an ultrasound in 6 months or so would be way to recheck. ...Read more

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Why would a utrasound show a fatty liver but a week before I had a CT scan & it only showed a small cyst on the lower lobe of the liver.

Why would a utrasound show a fatty liver but a week before I had a CT scan & it only showed a small cyst on the lower lobe of the liver.

Liver Disease: These are two separate things. Fatty liver is a diffuse swelling of the liver that is often without other anatomical abnormality. A cyst is a specific anatomical abnormality that can be benign or not. Both can exist in the same person. ...Read more

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If. Some body have osephgeal varices and. Normal liver function normal alpha protien is normal. And CT scan show mass in liver. Ap and portal or 12m?

Complex issue: Cirrhotics should have careful surveillance for the development of hepatoma. Recommend you find a hepatologist whom you trust and follow the appropriate guidelines. ...Read more

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Mcrc patient. Cea before chemo was 65, after round 1-80, after round 2-55, after round 3-40 But ct scan shows increase in size in liver lesions? Can this happen?

Mcrc patient. Cea before chemo was 65, after round 1-80, after round 2-55, after round 3-40 But ct scan shows increase in size in liver lesions? Can this happen?

Yes: The CEA level is not always reliable in judging whether therapy for colorectal cancer is successful or not. It is just one tool, just as the scans are. You should rely on the judgment of your oncologist as to how your therapy is doing for you. Good luck. ...Read more

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3 CT scans, 2 show 2 bilobed liver cysts on rit side, 3rd CT scan shows one on rt, one on the left? Was told no change, odd? Or error MD won't call

3 CT scans, 2 show 2 bilobed liver cysts on rit side, 3rd CT scan shows one on rt, one on the left? Was told no change, odd? Or error MD won't call

Liver cysts: It sounds like you have 2 and remaining the same size. Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your results and further plans. Often better communication for you in person rather than phone call. All the best. ...Read more

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Will a ct scan without contrast show pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer? Or damage to the liver?

Will a ct scan without contrast show pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer? Or damage to the liver?

Yes: In some cases a noncontrast ct scan can show pancreatic cancer, changes that could suggest pancreatic inflammation and liver diseases. However a negative scan does not rule out these diseases. ...Read more

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What is a gb-ct scan for? The tech said it would show how radiation dye go through liver gallbladder to lower intestinal track

What is a gb-ct scan for? The tech said it would show how radiation dye go through liver gallbladder to lower intestinal track

HIDA SCAN?: You are probably referring to a hida (disida) scan - a nuclear imaging study that evaluates the health & function of the gallbladder. A radioactive tracer is injected in a vein, then allowed to circulate to the liver, where it is excreted into the biliary system and stored by the gallbladder. If gallbladder is healthy its usually visualized within 1 hour of injection. ...Read more

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What would an abdominal CT scan show that an US wouldn't? RUQ discomfort under ribs. Had liver bloodwork 4 months ago, all normal. US came back normal

Rib fractures: CT could show a variety of things not seen on an US. The most likely would be rib fractures. Also, a CT is likely to note more suble changes of inflammation, and lymph adenopathy. Plus, the CT should provide a nice look at the pancreas which is often difficult to see on US ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with testicular cancer on 7/22/12, removed 7/25/12. Blood work good, CT scan shows 4mm, 6mm, 12mm spot on liver, your thoughts, MRI 10/9?

I was diagnosed with testicular cancer on 7/22/12, removed 7/25/12. Blood work good, CT scan shows 4mm, 6mm, 12mm spot on liver, your thoughts, MRI 10/9?

Need treatments: Most likely you will have needle biopsy of liver lesion, fortunately the the chemotherapy is very effective be confident you will have excellent chance of remission, good example cyclist l armstrong speak to your oncologist. ...Read more

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I have sharp pain below my left shoulder. X-ray, CT scan, and EKG show nothing but small cysts on liver and kidneys. Where could pain radiate from?

I have sharp pain below my left shoulder. X-ray, CT scan, and EKG show nothing but small cysts on liver and kidneys. Where could pain radiate from?

Systematic workup: Pain under left shoulder could come from several causes. Your doctor should take a detailed history and physical exam, then order appropriate tests. ...Read more

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I have hep c that is geno type 1 and recent ALT of 213 and AST of 101 w/recent CT scan shows enlarged liver and spleen. What can I do?

I have hep c that is geno type 1 and recent ALT of 213 and AST of 101 w/recent CT scan shows enlarged liver and spleen. What can I do?

See doc: See GI or infectious disease doc who treats hcv. There are new tx being developed all the time. Be careful not to fall on abdomen: might rupture spleen, a surgical emergency. ...Read more

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Ct scan of abdomen shows nothing besides colon, right?

Ct scan of abdomen shows nothing besides colon, right?

Wrong: Ct scanning of the abdomen and pelvis shows the colon, yes, but not subtle mucosal lesions such as early cancer.
It shows your internal organs such as the liver, spleen, kidneys and pancreas in great detail.
It also shows your small intestinal and the numerous blood vessels. It can evaluate the connective tissue and fat to uncover inflammatory conditions or infections. ...Read more

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Does CT scan of abdomen show reproductive organs?

Does CT scan of abdomen show reproductive organs?

May not.: Need ct of abdomen and pelvis or ct pelvis only to see uterus and ovaries. Testicles not always seen on these tests. Can see prostate and seminal vessicles however. See radiologyinfo. Org. ...Read more

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What does a CT scan of abdomen and pelvis show?

What does a CT scan of abdomen and pelvis show?

Shows: All abdominal and pelvic structures. See radiologyinfo. Org for good info. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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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


Dr. Michael Gabor
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Computed tomography (ct scan) or computed axial tomography (cat scan), is a medical imaging procedure that utilizes computer-processed x-rays to produce tomographic images or 'slices' of specific ...Read more