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If CT results are abnormal will the ordering dr be notified right away?

If CT results are abnormal will the ordering dr be notified right away?

Sometimes...: It depends on the nature of the abnormality and no urgent the reading radiologist thinks the problem is. There are many varieties of abnormal, and many just need a routine follow up, sometimes another study in 6 months or so... So unless the radiologist thinks it is an emergency, the ordering doctor may not my informed right away. ...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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I had a CT scan 10 years ago due to headaches. It came back abnormal. It said a focal, well circumscribed area of low density is identified within the region of corpus. I did an MRI after that and the results were normal. Should I be worried?

I had a CT scan 10 years ago due to headaches. It came back abnormal. It said a focal, well circumscribed area of low density is identified within the region of corpus. I did an MRI after that and the results were normal. Should I be worried?

MRI more sensitive.: The results of a brain MRI are more conclusive than the results of a CT scan, so if the MRI reading was correct, then you would have little to worry about.

However, if you happen to have copies of the studies on a CD, you can request a secondary review by initiating a private consult here on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Can't bm w/o suppository for 9 wks.nothing found w colonoscopy, waiting on CT results.could this be related to my abnormal pap/ASCUS?

Can't bm w/o suppository for 9 wks.nothing found w colonoscopy, waiting on CT results.could this be related to my abnormal pap/ASCUS?

No: Your bowel movements are not related to your cervix. Please try drinking enough water so that your urine is dilute and watery, to ensure proper hydration. You should also try a fiber laxative such as Metamucil. It may take a while for your bowel to get rid of the habit of suppository. ...Read more

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Had sputum cytology test come back with atypical results, but not cancerous, i just has a CT scan and all clear as well. What could this be?

Had sputum cytology test come back with atypical results, but not cancerous, i just has a CT scan and all clear as well.  What could this be?

Sputum cytology: If report mentions that atypical cells present, but not cancerous, then it means they are reactive in nature, could be due to some inflammation or infection etc. As CT scan is clear, so don't worry. Just follow doctors advise. ...Read more

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I'm not sure what my tests mean. Abnormal changes in both ovaries and endometrium And Rotation of small intestine. I will attach CT Results?

I'm not sure what my tests mean. Abnormal changes in both ovaries and endometrium
And Rotation of small intestine. I will attach CT Results?

CT results: You submitted this entry into the Health Tap medical education site. We can not see your CT scan. Suggest you try Health Tap Concierge for the diagnostics you are requesting. ...Read more

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Abnormal pap smear result, chart online says A in "Flag" category w/ HSIL. With title "Pap IG, CT-Ng, rfx HPV ASCU what does this mean? Do I have HPV?

Follow up on this!: It is not entirely clear what this line means but let me break it down for you a bit. HSIL stands for high grade squamous intraepithelial lesion. This is one step before cervical cancer and if that's what the pap said, you need a colposcopy and cervical biopsy. CT usually means chlamydia was negative. Rfx HPV means reflex HPV in the event that the pap is ASCUS. HPV is positive for most HSIL. ...Read more

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Dr. Has gotten my results of CT abd/pelvis w/wo contrast. Message said nothing urgent found. What are examples of urgent vs non urgent results?

Ct readings: Urgent are things that can kill you if you don't do something quickly, like a big aneurysm, a large stone obstructing the kidneys... Non urgent are things that can wait until you show up to the clinic for discussion. ...Read more

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How long for CT results etc?

CT results: Ct results can be read in 12-24 hours depending on the organ examined. ...Read more

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I would like help in getting CT scan results?

I would like help in getting CT scan results?

How: The results should be available from the radiologist who reads the study. Interpreting the results make take the assistance of a clinician. ...Read more

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Ct scan of neck results show what?

Ct scan of neck results show what?

Many Things: Ct scans of the neck can show problems with the spine, the spinal cord, the esophagus, the thyroid, the trachea, and anything else that naturally occurs in the neck. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for a CT to miss an atypical such as mycoplasma?

Can it be possible for a CT to miss an atypical such as mycoplasma?

Unusual: It would be unusual for a ct of the chest not to show any abnormalities in a patient with mycoplasma pneumonia, but it would also be difficult t o make a definitive diagnosis of mycoplasma from a ct scan. More likely the report would suggest an 'atypical infectious or inflammatory process'. ...Read more

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What is the result of CT in lungs in pulmonary embolus?

What is the result of CT in lungs in pulmonary embolus?

See below: You can actually see the pulmonary embolus on a ct of the lungs with contrast and the proper protocol, that is why it is the gold standard for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you advise for my CT results of chest?

Can you advise for my CT results of chest?

Ct chest: You can discuss the results with your doctor. Or, you can post a specific question on HealthTap. For a more in depth answer, you can message a HealthTap doc. ...Read more

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Brief take on CT Scan results under my files?

HealthTap Prime: There's no way for any of us to see the CT scan you uploaded unless you engage one of the physicians on Healthtap Prime. That is the only way we have access to your chart/ file. More importantly, what was the symptom / sign you were experiencing that prompted you to undergo a CT scan in the first place? The symptom is more important than the scan & a good description can make the scan irrelevant! ...Read more

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I would like help understand my moms pet/ct results?

I would like help understand my moms pet/ct results?

Www.usradreview.com: If you would like a second opinion on your PET/CT study, visit www.usradreview.com ...Read more

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I would like explaination of the result of a CT scan?

Www.usradreview.com: If you would like a second opinion on your CT study, visit www.usradreview.com ...Read more

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Can you comment on the results of my recent CT neck scan?

Need images: Not without seeing the images, which is beyond the scope of this website. Additionally, there are medicolegal implications for interpreting a study "unofficially.". ...Read more

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I had a CT scan 3 weeks ago and still not seen my results why?

Ct: Your doctor might not have the results yet. Call your doctor and ask about your results and if they have them yet. ...Read more

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Is there actual CT color imaging or it the color the result of 3D reconstruction?

Is there actual CT color imaging or it the color the result of 3D reconstruction?

Computerized: There is no actual color to CT scanning. It is a density map, usually coded in gray scale. Any color is added by the computer to make the image easier to look at, usually in 3D reconstructions. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get results from a CT scan, I had one two weeks ago and haven't heard anything.

Varies: It is variable depending upon the practice model. Usually the scan is interpreted within 24 hours. Sometimes the interpretation is delayed if they are trying to obtain prior studies for comparison, or if they need an expert second opinion for a particularly complex case. If the report is mailed to the referring doc, there may be a delay. 2 weeks seems too much.maybe call your doc to follow-up ...Read more

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I received results of a CT scan which said that I had 'background emphysemic changes'. I have never smoked. What does this mean?

See a pulmonologist: The findings on ct may be mild or extensive and emphysematous changes can also be seen with environmental exposures (dusts, etc.), second hand smoke exposure, genetic predisposition, rheumatologic diseases, etc. How important the changes are depends on symptoms and lung function tests. ...Read more

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I have no follow up appointment after my CT to discuss my results, consultant said she would write to me with them, is this normal?

I have no follow up appointment after my CT to discuss my results, consultant said she would write to me with them, is this normal?

CT results: Not sure how things operate in the UK, but if you are concerned about the results, and don't feel comfortable waiting for a mailed report, I suggest calling the doctor's office and asking to discuss it. ...Read more

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Can I send you an email with my CT scan results. I would like to know if there is anything showing that could be a cause of my pain???

Can I send you an email with my CT scan results. I would like to know if there is anything showing that could be a cause of my pain???

No: This portion of healthtap is strictly for health and medical education as a service to the public. Concierge or Healthtap Prime services may be what you're looking for. ...Read more

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I just read results of a recent CT scan and it says that I have one or two (?) small periaortitic nodes that are sub pathologic? I

Lymph nodes: Are normal anatomic structures. If the nodes identified on your CT are normal/shape(that's what it sounds like), they are likely of no concern. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get CT results? I had a stat CT of my head and still haven't heard about the results. It's been almost a week & still nothing

Give them a call.: Stat ct results can be available within an hour in an emergency room. Give your provider's office a call. Good luck. Lgromko md. ...Read more

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Had a CT scan reading results I don't understand some of it. Like it says almost all of it says unremarkable what do as that mean? Incidental bilateral

Had a CT scan reading results I don't understand some of it. Like it says almost all of it says unremarkable what do as that mean? Incidental bilateral

CT report: Sorry, but you do not provide enough specific information. "almost all of it says unremarkable" means nothing of any significance to comment on, ie, normal. "incidental bilateral" means the reader saw something that was most likely unimportant but also not expected or requested to be looked for at the time of the initial request. Do speak to the doctor who ordered the scan. ...Read more

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What results do a CT scan actually reveals?

Imaging of your body: A ct scan uses x-rays to create a cross-sectional image of the body part affected. It is particularly useful at identifying bony problems, the presence of bleeding, and hard masses. By adding an oral or intravenous contrast before the scan, additional details within soft tissues come to life on the scan. ...Read more