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1/4 inch spot on lungs after CT scan what next?

1/4 inch spot on lungs after CT scan what next?

Follow established : Depends on smoking, infection, enviornment history & size of nodule. At ~1.2 cm, ct or pet-ct may be indicated in 3 mos. With hi suspicion and no prior nodule, could biopsy now. Else consider that if repeat scans in 9-12 then 24 mos are all stable, then could stop scans. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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A soft tissue was found on my lung from a CT scan what is my next step?

A soft tissue was found on my lung from a CT scan what is my next step?

More info: If the ct appearance is non diagnostic, and there are no old studies for comparison, further evaluation may depend on location and size. If the module is bigger than approximately 1 cm, pet/ ct may be helpful in further characterization. Some nodules are amenable to end a bronchial ultrasound guided evaluation. Biopsy may be needed to obtain an exact diagnosis. ...Read more

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What to do if I have what feels like hyperinflated lungs, although my recent expiratory CT scan shows no air trapping.?

What to do if I have what feels like hyperinflated lungs, although my recent expiratory CT scan shows no air trapping.?

Air trapping: Talk to your doctor. The way to diagnose COPD etc... is with pulmonary function tests, not necessarily CT. ...Read more

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How long does a CT scan take of your lungs?

How long does a CT scan take of your lungs?

CT scan: Should not take more than 5-10 minutes at most to actually scan you. If it is ordered with contrast they may have to place an IV and scan you with and without the contrast. ...Read more

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Had CT scan which show the shaped of my lungs are not normal, what can cause the shaped to change. Thanks?

Had CT scan which show the shaped of my lungs are not normal, what can cause the shaped to change. Thanks?

Need more info: Please be more specific. It would help if you can include exact wording from ct report so that i may help you. ...Read more

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Possible cause mass on lung by ct scan?

Possible cause mass on lung by ct scan?

Many things: The general categories are Infection, Cancer, Non-cancer tumors, collapsed lung, blood, fluid, and more. The radiologist should be able to narrow down the potential causes from the appearance. Ask for a detailed radiology report. If this doesn't satisfy you, speak with your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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What is the mass found on a lung during a ct-scan be?

Infection, Cancer, +: Infection, hemorrhage, tumors (benign and malignant (cancerous)) fluid and even fibrosis can have a similar appearance. If it is mostly calcified, it is likely benign, old infection called a granuloma. Comparison to older scans can help determine if it has grown. The concern is whether or not it is cancer. Recommend seeing a primary care provider, perhaps a pulmonologist consult and pet/ct. ...Read more

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Ct scan shows lung polyps on my lungs. What does this mean for me?

Ct scan shows  lung polyps on my lungs. What does this mean  for me?

Need to know more: About the findings on a ct. I am not familiar with the term "lung polyps". Pulmonary nodules are quite common, and depending on appearance, density and stability (if an older scan is available), can be accurately classified as benign. Unfortunately, although most are benign, for many patients, we cannot tell for sure on 1 scan, so further workup is necessary. Please discuss this with your doc. ...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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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