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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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 it hurt when you get a cat scan and have a tattoo?

Can it hurt when you get a cat scan and have a tattoo?

See answer: A tattoo should not interfere with a ct exam although some tattoos, because of metallic inks, could interfere with mris ( your radiologist could further advise you). ...Read more

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I had a IV today for a cat scan put in my forearm, it still hurts and been two hours, can a IV site start to bleed again if I am not careful?

I had a IV today for a cat scan put in my forearm, it still hurts and been two hours, can a IV site start to bleed again if I am not careful?

Pain in the IV: An iv, or intravenous line, allows direct access to a vein for blood draws or medicine administration. Because placing it punctures the vein, bleeding can occur at any time during the procedure into the surrounding tissue. This can cause pain, swelling, bruising. Applying ice quickly tends to reduce the bleeding, but pain at the site that persists should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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My husbands kidneys hurt him a lot and vomits his blood test come out ok and a cat scan didn't find anything either. What could.It be?

My husbands kidneys hurt him a lot and vomits his blood test come out ok and a cat scan didn't find anything either. What could.It be?

Probably not kidneys: You mention "drug addiction" under conditions. Persons who are withdrawing from drugs get bad pains and vomiting. Sometimes also, gallbladder disease looks okay on ct but causes pains like these, your doc can order a nuclear scan for gallbladder if he sees fit. Also, make sure urinalysis does not reveal red or white cells. I suspect it was normal from the info you provided. ...Read more

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I have ovarian cyst on left side 3.8 on cat scan. I had a pap yesterday now that side hurts worse is this normal?

Likely unrelated: Sorry you are in pain. Paps usually cause short term cramping. You may have a follicle (cysts that form every month on the ovary) that ruptured, which can be painful. If the pain does not improve in a day or two, contact your gynecologist. ...Read more

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left side of my body is in constant pain. LEg from the knee down goes numb & cold, arm from elbow down hurt. All MRI & cat scan are normal.

Ask your Dr about: these possibilities - pinched nerve, peripheral or autonomic neuropathy, autoimmune condition,diabetes etc. Take care and God bless you! http://www.emedicinehealth.com/neuropathy/article_em.htm ...Read more

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I have had urin test, cat scan, and blood work and nothing shows anything. I feel like I have a uti.Back, stomach hurts, burns when i pee.What is it?

I have had urin test, cat scan, and blood work and nothing shows anything. I feel like I have a uti.Back, stomach hurts, burns when i pee.What is it?

See below: Interstitial cystitis is a poorly understood condition in which the bladder is inflamed for no reason. Using medicines such as Motrin and drinking fluids have shown to help. ...Read more

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Swelling in right testis before bowel movement and recedes after it.It doesnt hurt.No hernia in MRI and cat scan,physical examination done.

Swelling in right testis before bowel movement and recedes after it.It doesnt hurt.No hernia in MRI and cat scan,physical examination done.

Benign: It sounds like pressure is causing a swelling such as a hydrocele aor varicocele maybe. If you can experience it when your doctor is availble, he might figure it out. In any case it sounds benign ...Read more

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I told my doctor about my headaches and ear ringing i ask did i jave an brain tumor she look in my eyes what that mean and ask me a few question do I have vision problem i said no do light hurt my eyes again no so she aint order a cat scan but i feel pain

I told my doctor about my headaches and ear ringing i ask did i jave an brain tumor she look in my eyes what that mean and ask me a few question do I have vision problem i said no do light hurt my eyes again no so she aint order a cat scan but i feel pain

Not a brain tumor: Primary headaches can be very debilitating but doesn't mean there is a brain tumor. The headaches and ear ringing might need concurrent management and you may need a consult a pain center. You can try some self care things including warm compresses, hot showers, meditation, massages and green tea. ...Read more

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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 am having some pain around my naval. It hurts most if i move or anything touches it. I had a CT scan and it came back normal. What could cause this?

Hernia: Sometimes it is difficult to see a small hernia on ct, that's one possibility. Symptoms like these are best determined by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on the findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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I had a cat scan with contrast on abdamon. If I had lymphoma would the CT scan have picked it up in my body?

I had a cat scan with contrast on abdamon. If I had lymphoma would the CT scan have picked it up in my body?

Maybe: If advanced lymphoma were present in the area of ct scan (abdomen), then yes. However, lymphoma could be in neck, chest, etc and be undetected. Sometimes lymphoma is primarily in the bone marrow with very little observable enlarged lymph nodes. ...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