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Interstitial Infiltrate Lung Ct Scan
What's difference between High HD Contrast CT scan vs Normal Chest CT with contrast evaluating interstitial lung markings?
Different chest CTs: High resolution chest CT usually with out intravenous contrast is used to define interstitial lung disease pattern, whether diffuse or localized process. CT of chest examination with contrast intravenously usually looking for tumors or metastases and acute infection in the lungs. ...Read more
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
My dr says I have acute interstitial lung disease and wants to do a pulmonary function test and high resolution CT scan. What does all of this mean?
Not simple pneumonia: For a simple pneumonia, the initial x-rays can provide classical features and the doc can send you on your way with simple treatment. Interstitial lung disease requires a more involved evaluation because the potential causes are quite diverse. Differentiating a simple transient from a long term issue is important to identify a cause and course of treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What exactly does intersitial lung scarring mean? And is a bad sign they want to do a high resolution CT scan of my lungs?
Interstitial lung: Scarring is the end result of a healing and repair process. The interstitial tissue of the lung surrounds the airways. A high resolution ct scan of the lung will help your doctors determine the underlying cause by examining the patterns of the scarring on ct scan. Depending on the extent of the scarring, breathing can be affected or not. Please follow up with your physician. ...Read more
Should i worry about my chest CT scan showing multiple patches of ground glass infiltrates on my lungs?
No not usually: Usually these are findings due to prior swelling or infection in lungs; even based on where you grew up. We use stability on cts to confirm benign nature. Sometimes treatment w/ antibiotics considered. Biopsy considered with hi risk though age & smoking history important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Dependent opacity?: Any opacities in the lung should be investigated- see pcp or pulmonologist. ...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
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
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