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How To Read A Transvaginal Scan
Your doctor: Your doctor should help you understand your report. Unless you went to medical school or have other medical training, the vocabulary used in most reports will be very confusing, and even using a medical dictionary may not fully explain what the radiologist is trying to communicate. ...Read more
An ultrasound is an imaging study in which a probe emits and receives sound waves which rebound off of internal organs in order to visualize them. For a transvaginal ultrasound a specially designed probe is lubricated and placed into the vagina in order to better ...Read more
Ct scan results dr said pictures weren't very good.
Wants me to get an nuclear stress test. Would it be feasible to ask for another CT scan?
Unadvised but possib: Getting another CT scan is 99% likely to give the same picture as the 1st, barring an obvious problem (like the machine broke down, which they would have informed you at the site). Not sure what the nuclear stress test (cardiac?) or the CT scan (brain?) was for, but at this point, another modality is more likely to provide information than repeating the same test. CT scans involve lots of radiatio ...Read more
May need to do trans: Vaginal scan, can see a ht beta on transvaginal scan at 6 weeks sometimes definitely by 7 weeks. ...Read more
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Cardiac ct scan results dr said pictures weren't very good.
Wants me to get a nuclear stress test. Would it be feasible to ask for another CT scan?
Unadvised but possib: Getting another CT scan is 99% likely to give the same picture as the 1st, barring an obvious problem (like the machine broke down, which they would have informed you at the site). Another modality is more likely to provide information than repeating the same test. CT scans involve lots of radiation, & show calcium deposits & perhaps blood flow, but not if heart is affected. The Nuc stress will. ...Read more
No: The ultrasonographer, or "tech" is not allowed to tell you the results of your exam, because they are not physicians. Sometimes a physician will give an ultrasonographer permission to tell patients some information before the physician reviews the images, but usually you have to wait to get the results until the physician makes a determination about the results of the exam. ...Read more
Fast and drink prep: You will be asked to fast for several hours beforehand. Then, you will probably be given some flavored contrast to drink, which is a type of dye to make the scans show more detail. You may also need to have an IV inserted to get IV contrast. The exact details will vary based on why the scan was ordered. The radiology department will give you exact instructions for your particular test. ...Read more
Findings on Exam?: Perhaps there were findings on a physical exam that were not explained by the ultrasound? Why not ask your doctor? ...Read more
Multiple projections: A ct cross-sectional image (slice) is reconstructed from a combination of xrays shot from multiple directions/projections; therefore, there is no overlap of body parts and much better contrast compares to traditional xray images.. ...Read more
11 weeks: or so, but it doesn't have the highest accuracy this early. ...Read more
Better details: The resolution, details shown, on ct is more effective than that of ultrasound. Ultrasound shows liquids e.g. Cysts and effusion better and is cheaper but in obese patients ultrasound has limited penetration. Accordingly, ultrasound, in these patients, is usually replaced by ct that views fatty tissues better and penetrates as deep as needed for better resolution. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlike many imaging: Procedures, whereeach test tries to pay off the cost of the instrument, each pet scan needs to buy a cyclotron produced dose of flurodeoxyglucose. It has a short half life, and it must be paid as well as the scanner. These will always have high cost of production so medical tourism may not work as well as for a procedure or a simple diagnostic study. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
6-7 weeks from LMP: Transvaginal ultrasound can detect fetal heartbeat earlier than transabdominal ultrasound (5-6 weeks after lmp). Transabdominal ultrasound varies a bit more primarily due to differences in maternal size. In general, the fetal heartbeat should be visible transabdominally by 7 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vascularity: The contrast makes blood vessels whiter to stand out. Most tumors are hypervascular, they have more blood vessels. This makes them easier to see with contrast. Some tumors are not hypervascular and can be seen because they are less white than the surrounding tissues. Otherwise an MRI may be required to see the tumor. ...Read more
Please only those that understand how to read an ultra sound test: how is an ultra sound test for thyroid read?
Many factors: A thyroid u/s may be done by a radiologist, an endocrinologist, a thyroid surgeon, or others. It is best done by someone who also does needle biopsy, if necessary. The u/s will detect nodules, vascularity, cysts, texture, and other features which can suggest a higher cancer risk. The u/s tells the doctor about structure (what it looks like). It says nothing about whether it is hyperactive. ...Read more
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