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What are non shadowing echogenic foci of the kidney? Are they considered to be kidney stones?

What are non shadowing echogenic foci of the kidney? Are they considered to be kidney stones?

Maybe: It depends on where the foci were seen. Were they in the kidney or in the renal sinus? In the cortex, it could be artifact or fat. In the renal sinus, it could be artfiact or kidney stone. If there is a concern for stones, ct is the most accurate test. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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I have thyroid nodule for 20 years and grown from 2.7cm to 3.2cm in 4 yrs - now has scattered echogenic foci-calcify and increase vascularity-is canc?

Thyroid nodule: I would recommend you see an endocrinologist to determine if the nodule should undergo a needle aspiration biopsy. This can help determine if the nodule is benign or cancerous after which appropriate treatment can be undertaken. ...Read more

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Have thyroid nodule 20 yrs with many U/S and FNA but U/S now shows scattered echogenic foci-calcify with increased vascularity - what does this mean?

Have thyroid nodule 20 yrs with many U/S and FNA but U/S now shows scattered echogenic foci-calcify with increased vascularity - what does this mean?

Consistency: A lot depends on what has happened to this nodule over the last 20 yr. Any growth? Is the calcification new? The best scenario is where the US and FNA are all being done by the same person; sometimes the "reports" say different things when it is really not changed. Often the best person is an Endocrinologist who does this, rather than a radiologist who is not a thyroid specialist. ...Read more

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What does fluid and echogenic foci within the endometrial cavity mean ?

What does fluid and echogenic foci within the endometrial cavity mean ?

How old are you?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, & we expect it of you! List any meds you take, & any chronic medical problems, too. ...Read more

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What is multiple tiny echogenic foci seen along the wall in gall bladder?

What is multiple tiny echogenic foci seen along the wall in gall bladder?

Typical gallstones;: earlier stage. The "echogenic foci" are tiny gall stones along the wall of the gall bladder. This is also the stage at which the gallstone dissolving medications:
URSO, Ursodiol, or Actigall may be helpful along with optimize lipoproteins (not cholesterol, though is a high percentage of gallstones) using both LCHF (NOT LFHC) foods & statins (Crestor+Zetia best track record) & help dissolve these. ...Read more

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What does "normal echogenicity of bilateral thyroid glands and isthmus" mean?

What does "normal echogenicity of bilateral thyroid glands and isthmus" mean?

Thyroid ultrasound: This sounds like the description of a normal thyroid gland. Normal echogenicity means the texture is normal. Bilateral = both sides. Isthmus is the thin strand of thyroid tissue between the 2 lobes. ...Read more

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What does this mean? Normal echogenicity of bilateral thyroid glands and isthmus.

What does this mean? Normal echogenicity of bilateral thyroid glands and isthmus.

Thyroid that is : normal in appearance on ultrasound is described as normal echogenicity. The ultrasound probe sends out sound waves and makes a picture of the echoes that bounce back. ...Read more

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What do thyroid US results mean? Homogeneous echogenicity. Multiple nodules bilaterally, no cysts ID'd. Heterogeneous parenchyma w/bilateral nodules.

Thyroid nodules: Did they measure the largest nodules? Thyroid nodules are fairly common, and the vast majority of them are not cancerous, but if one is above 1 cm, a biopsy may be considered (there's some variation in how thyroid nodules are managed). Some can give you hyperthyroidism. I'd speak with your doctor or an endocrinologist about further steps. ...Read more

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Echogenic foci in both kidneys serious?

Echogenic foci in both kidneys serious?

kidneys: Echogenic foci in kidneys refers to white spots that may indicate a kidney stone, calcium in a blood vessel, or fat. A ct scan of the abdomen without IV contrast would help to clarify. ...Read more

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What does nonspecific punctate subendometrial echogenic foci mean?

What does nonspecific punctate subendometrial echogenic foci mean?

Imaging result: some more information would have been helpful to answer this. In general, your uterine imaging shows some spots that are probably calcified or fibrosed. It can happen due to procedures done in the past. ...Read more

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Small echogenic nonshadowing foci in renal collecting system. What does this mean ?

Small echogenic nonshadowing foci in renal collecting system. What does this mean ?

Probably small stone: The description may represent small (asymptomatic) renal calculi (stones)
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Rt thyroid lobe homogenous in echogenicity measures 5.6x1.7x1.8cm w/multiple nodules largest meas. 1.0x0.6x0.9 located in lower pole. ?

Rt thyroid lobe homogenous in echogenicity measures 5.6x1.7x1.8cm w/multiple nodules largest meas. 1.0x0.6x0.9 located in lower pole. ?

Follow up needed: Hi SFleming,
There is much to be said and discussed about this finding but truthfully, you will be better served by consulting with your local doctor. I highly encourage you to follow up with your doctor as soon as possible to discuss further work up options to better define what is going on. Thank you for reaching out and hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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My diagnosis was: gallbladder is partially distended, showing two echogenic foci , not casting posterior acoustic shadowing , measuring 3.0 mm.

My diagnosis was: gallbladder is partially distended, showing two echogenic foci , not casting posterior acoustic shadowing , measuring 3.0 mm.

Polyp or cholesterol: Gall stones cast acoustic shadows , with out as you describing , may be polyps , which have high incidence of malignant transformation in a large polyp, or cholesterol deposits , causes severe cholecystitis. As in strawberry gb either way in a symptomatic case surgery advised please speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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I am a trainee of radiology & have a query. "what can be the reasons of multiple tiny echogenic foci throughout the liver both central & peripheral.

I am a trainee of radiology & have a query. "what can be the reasons of  multiple tiny echogenic foci throughout the liver both central & peripheral.

Tiny echogenic foci: The most common cause of "tiny echogenic foci throughout the liver" is punctate calcification secondary to prior granulomatous infection. Certain organisms are more common depending on what part of the world the patient has lived. Alternative considerations include gas bubbles within the biliary tree (pneumobilia) or the portal veins. There are differentiating imaging features. ...Read more

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Is liver showing diffuse increased parenchymal echogenicity with 2 small calcific foci in right lobe measuring about 2.5mm each is something to worry?

Is liver showing diffuse increased parenchymal echogenicity with 2 small calcific foci in right lobe measuring about 2.5mm each is something to worry?

Concern: This question is best answered by a gastroenterologist or hepatologist(liver specialist). I would be concerned about chronic liver inflammation or fatty infiltration. I assume that you have been instructed to abstain from alcohol. A liver biopsy may be indicated for diagnosis. ...Read more