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How To Read An Abdominal Ct 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
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
Too long to list: Ct scan is a form of x-ray in which the radiation source & detectors rotate around the patient as she moves through the plane of the beam. As with all x-rays, it measures different density to the radiation, but the computer takes the raw data and reconstructs cross sectional images like slices of bread. While still limited to differences in density, it can resolve to a few millimeters. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Several things: Can be seen on ct scan. The oral contrast helps deliniate some of the intestinal findings. Other organs are also seen such as liver, pancreas, gallbladder, aorta, lymph nodes, kidneys, urinary bladder, uterus or prostate, vertebral column, etc. Some structures are seen better than others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Best view of abdomen: The abdominal ct is the best quick view of the entire abdominal cavity. It provides a great picture of all organs and the abdominal wall, as well as the spine. This study can see everything from cancer to kidney stones to hernias to vertebral fractures to foreign bodies. Usually, you are given contrast which provides an even better view. Downside, radiation exposure similar to 400-500 x-rays. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can MRI scan be used instead of CT scan to assess the bronciectasis b4 a possible surgery, ?Or as substitute to CT scan 2 see progress?
Had CT scan b4
CT only: It is obvious that you wish to avoid ionizing radiation. However MRI is difficiult in imaging lungs of low density tissue, air-tissue interfaces causing artifacts, and respiratory, cardiac, and vascular motions.These are technicalities without any control. Ct is by far the choice for imaging bronchiectasis. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Would like to know how to calculate radiation dose on an abdomen pelvis CT scan 477.01 mgycm and ctdi measures 10.13 mgy. Thanks
Using the DLP,: The estimated effective dose is 7.16 msv. According to research from 2010, this may be a low estimate by about 10%, and there are slight variations based on scanner manufacturer differences. You need to relate this to natural background radiation exposure (3 msv/year), and the reason the ct was performed. For example, if the ct diagnosed appendicitis, then the scan probably saved a life! ...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
See below: This usually depends on the specific test and varies among imaging centers and hospitals. The cost also varies with cash vs insurance payments. An ultrasound typically is in the $200 range and a ct is about $300-500 with cash payments. Contrast for ct adds more. It is best to call nearby imaging centers. Also advisable to evaluate the type of equipments and not costs alone. ...Read more
Does a contrast CT scan to view my kidney include both IV and oral contrast? Is this an abdominal CT scan or just renal/urinary?
Depends: It depends on what the doctor has ordered and is looking for. No contrast will be used typically if the doctor is looking for kidney stones. If they are looking and the tissue of the kidneys directly, IV contrast will be used. Generally oral contrast is not used when looking for kidney pathology. Your scan will also show the neighboring abdominal organs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes if greatly enlar: An enlarged heart can be seen on X-ray or CT scan especially if it is greatly enlarged. However, the cause for the enlargement is usually not apparent by those means. An echocardiogram (ultrasound) usually does a better job. sometimes more specialized tests are needed. However, if this is the 1st time that an enlarged heart was detected, it is best to get it confirmed & identify the cause. GL & TY ...Read more
Possibly: An abdominal CT examines the abdomen from the belly button up to the bottom of the chest. A pelvic CT examines the body from the belly button to the bottom of the pelvis. The test for the 'abdomen' is generally ordered as CT of the abdomen and pelvis with and /or without contrast. A CT of the abdomen and pelvis should detect a hernia. Sometimes an ultrasound is ordered in addition to and/or instea ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: An Abdominal can should include the spleen. ...Read more
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