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How Accurate Are Ct Scans
Variable accurancy: The accuracy of MRI depends a great deal on the person who is being scanned being able to hold still during the scan. Motion artifact is the most common artifact that decreases the accuracy of an MRI. The overall accuracy also depends on if the right type of MRI is ordered and if contrast is used where needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Good exam. : CTA very accurate. CTA must be tailored to your problem to be the most accurate. Sometimes Doppler ultrasound, magnetic resonance angiography/ MRA, or conventional angiography are required instead. See radiologyinfo.org for details about these studies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The precision of an ultrasound depends somewhat on the equipment, the technician, the interpreter & the reason for study. If the scan is done to verify the placental location, fetal position & head size(to verify dates), simple equipment works ok. Specific things about baby like heart anatomy, facial features and the like, require a skilled technician using special equipment & interpretation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Contrast difference: Ct uses a combination of xrays shot from multiple directions to look at differences in tissue density. Mri uses strong magnetic fields instead of xrays to differentiate tissues and gives much better contrast than ct. Ct is typically used in the acute setting to see if there is blood or major abnormalities. Mri is a more specific exam to differentiate abnormalities such as stroke or tumor. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on what you are looking for. PET scan usually uses a glucose based tracer to evaluate metabolic activity which can be increased in tumors. All modalities have a certain rate of false positives and negatives. Sometimes multiple modalities can each give you different information to obtain a complete evaluation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
So-so: It depends where, how big the cancer is, and so forth. The new CT scans pick up lung cancers that are quite small -- most of the "cures" of tumors found this way may be of non-aggressive tumors. A scan can pick up a mass suspicious for cancer but of course tissue's required for certainty. ...Read more
Quite different: Ct involves xray type radiation with cross sectional imaging in transaxial, sagittal, and coronal projections. Nuclear medicine, internal irradiation either injected intravenously, inhaled, ingested, injected subcutaneously.Ivp uses injection of contrast material for visualization of kidneys and bladder with x-ray. Mr imaging uses no ionizing radiation magnetic fields to generate x-sectional images. ...Read more
Nsclc st4. Diagnostic CT scans used iodine contrast but due to allergy, post treatment CT scans used barium. How accurate/comparable are the scans?
Different mechanisms: Mri uses magnetic radiation( no x-ray) for anatomic localization and characterization of different parts of body, water and fat constitution of different tissues.Ct uses x-ray to characterize anatomy of body, better for bone than mr.Pet, bone, gallium scans use radio tracers intravenously.Petglucose metabolism of tumors, gallium (infection/tumor), bone scan for fxs, tumors, infection bone metabolism. ...Read more
Differences: The ct scan uses radiation from multiple x-ray devices to see internal organs. The MRI uses very strong magnetism to orient the body's water molecules and see internal structures such as ligaments, joints, brain, etc. Each study has its own individual benefits or indications. ...Read more
The potential: indications of CT are numerous. CT can be used to evaluate anatomy and diagnose abnormalities in almost any part of the body. CT can also be used as image guidance for a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. CT can also be used to monitor therapeutic responses for certain diseases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
OnlyAfterLongEnough: Atherosclerosis, known to start ~age 7 on average, & microcalcifications (within artery wall smooth muscle cells just outside the plaque) can be seen with a microscope & ca+2 stains within early years but are too small to see with any current ct machines. These may become visible by the best ct machines by early 30's, 2 decades later but typically a decade before obvious clinical events & symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anatomy vs Physiolog: Mri and ct scans are typically looking at the anatomy of a patient, as well as differences in blood flow if contrast is administered. Pet, bone and gallium scans are all looking at the function, or physiology of the patient, and the anatomy is of secondary concern. For example, pet scans are usually using f-18 fdg, a glucose analog, and display differences in glucose use, a main energy source. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pro's N Con's: Breast MRI is more sensitive than mammograms for finding breast cancer, but at a significant cost, both financial & finding 'false alarms' which often require biopsy. Overall, current indications are limited to women at very high risk for ca, checking for implant rupture, preoperative surgical planning, and follow-up of some cancer survivors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies: It varies a little based upon the area of the bone involved. But your implication is correct, there are times that you can have such a small fracture that it does not always show up on X-ray. Both MRI and ct scan are more sensitive in picking up a fracture than X-ray. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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