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Dr. Tanya Russo
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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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Thyroid mass 3.5cm enlarged nodes on same side of mass. Mass hard non moveable. None of it hurts gotta get ct scan done. Likely cancer or cyst?

Thyroid mass 3.5cm enlarged nodes on same side of mass. Mass hard non moveable. None of it hurts gotta get ct scan done. Likely cancer or cyst?

This needs: attention as soon as practicable but no diagnosis is possible without TESTING which may include CT, and specialized THYROID SCANNING! A biopsy (needle) may also be required! Your PCP may wish to refer you to a Board Certified ENDOCRINOLOGIST! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...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 mini seizure when I smoked that legal weed k4/k2 should I get a cat scan done on my head?

I had a mini seizure when I smoked that legal weed k4/k2 should I get a cat scan done on my head?

Maybe something else: If you are feeling alright now, you do not need a CT scan. If you are sure it was a seizure, you should first visit with a neurologist, then perhaps other tests would be helpful. For seizures, blood tests, MRI and EEG are helpful. But what is a mini seizure? That is important too. Avoid k4/k2. That stuff causes odd symptoms. Stay away. ...Read more

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I never had a cat scan after my concussion & loss of consciousness from my mva on 4/2013 should I get one done?

I never had a cat scan after my concussion & loss of consciousness from my mva on 4/2013 should I get one done?

Probably not: Ct is useful in the acute setting to look for bleeding or fractures. Several months after your accident, it is very unlikely that ct would be helpful if you are not having any new symptoms. If there is any subtle abnormality due to your accident at this point, it is more likely to be seen with mri, but again this is not necessary unless you are having new symptoms. ...Read more

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I get sudden spells of dizziness slurred speech lossofbalance I've had every test done MRI cat scan seen neuorologist tests come -due to this i now have anxiety/panick attacks

I get sudden spells of dizziness slurred speech lossofbalance I've had every test done MRI cat scan seen neuorologist tests come -due to this i now have anxiety/panick attacks

It : It would be inappropriate to even attempt to make an internet diagnosis of this complexity without a thorough review of history, exam findings, and all test results. I would pose a question to your neurologist, though, to see if vertebrobasilar insufficiency has been ruled out. This can be associated with vertigo, drop attacks, and in some cases double or blurred vision. The best test for this is usually mra. ...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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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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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