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Is abdominal pelvic CT scan with dye a very common procedure?

Is abdominal pelvic CT scan with dye a very common procedure?

Yes: Abdominal cat scan is an often used and very helpful tool in diagnosis. It is a common exam to rapidly evaluate emergency center patients. You receive lots of important information quickly. It is also essential in evaluating oncology patients to track their progress or response to therapy. It is also commonly used modality for the more common abdominal and pelvic ailments in the out patient settin. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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Is abdominal pelvic CT scan without dye a very common procedure?

Is abdominal pelvic CT scan without dye a very common procedure?

It is not uncommon: Non contrast cts of the abdomen and pelvis are most commonly used in the ec for patients with suspected kidney stones. This is also done in the outpatient setting. Patients may also not be given IV contrast due to poor kidney function or because of previous severe contrast reactions. Even without contrast much information can be obtained but contrast is preferred in most situations. ...Read more

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Is the abdominal pelvic CT scan with dye a risky thing to do?

Is the abdominal pelvic CT scan with dye a risky thing to do?

In general, NO: A ct scan involves radiation, which is of minimal risk although pregnant women should probably delay nonemergent ct. "dye" or contrast as we call it, is also very low risk, however certain people have "contrast allergies" which can range from hives/itching all the way to catastrophic swelling and blood pressure loss which can lead to death. If you have severe allergies, tell your doctor before. ...Read more

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Is hida scan a very common procedure?

Is hida scan a very common procedure?

HIDA scan is easy: Hida scan is a common test by nuclear medicine. Hida is injected into blood, then is taken up by your liver & excreted into the bile ducts. If your gallbladder functions (is not sick), it will "light up" when it concentrates the hida material. Giving cck then allows measurement of gallbladder emptying time, patency of the bile ducts, & how effectively the hida material enters your small bowel. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Is an abdominal ct scan with & without contrast considered multiple scans or just one. Meaning is it more radiation, and how many scans are performed?

Is an abdominal ct scan with & without contrast considered multiple scans or just one. Meaning is it more radiation, and how many scans are performed?

One scan: That is one scan. No worries about excess radiation exposure unless a patient needs serial scans, such as to monitor the abdomen every few months for many years after cancer treatment. In real life, having a few CT scans makes no difference compared to the total radiation one receives merely by living on planet Earth. ...Read more

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Is a CT scan without ivp dye as accurate as a CT scan with ivp dye of the abdomen? I have anaphylaxis to the dye.

See answer: Contrast (dye) adds additional characterization of soft tissues, vascular structures, and the urinary collecting system. Ct with contrast (if your dr. Feels the risks of a prophylactic steroid prep and a hospital based exam outweigh the risks) is an option or more safely, consider MRI or possibly an ultrasound. ...Read more

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What is CT scan of abdomen and pelvic with contrast?

X-ray of your belly: Ct, or computed tomography is a special was of taking x-rays that allows up to see the body in slices. We use contrast, a type of x-ray dye, to better see blood vessels (iv contrast) and the GI tract (oral contrast). The abdomen covers from the diaphragms through the kidneys, and the pelvis covers from the hip bones to your upper thighs. They are done for mahy reasons, not just cancer staging. ...Read more

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Would endometriosis be apparent on a CT of the abdomen w/o contrast but with barium shake?

Would endometriosis be apparent on a CT of the abdomen w/o contrast but with barium shake?

Depends: Usually endometriotic implants are too small to be seen by cat scan, MRI or ultrasound. Large lesions such as endometriomas can be seen easily though in the ovaries by any of these evaluation methods. In the bowel, large endometriosis lesions can be seen probably easily by any of the methods. ...Read more

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Had a CT scan with IV contrast of thorax and upper abdomen. What can be seen on this scan? Which organs is now checked out?

Had a CT scan with IV contrast of thorax and upper abdomen. What can be seen on this scan? Which organs is now checked out?

Lots of things!: Your scan included the base of neck, chest, including lymph nodes, blood vessels, the heart, and lungs, and upper abdomen. There is much to see but hopefully it will be ok. ...Read more

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When is contrast needed for a CT scan of neck?

When is contrast needed for a CT scan of neck?

Contrast: Needed to look for cancer or infection and to see extent of penetrating trauma. Cta uses dye yo look at vessels in more detail. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan with contrast and IV contrast show if a vaginal mesh sling is too tight or broken?

No: If your sling or mesh is too tight, then you will have issues with difficult urination, abnormal urination, and/or pain (most commonly). No imaging study can show how 'tight' a sling is. It is very difficult to properly visualize mesh products for defects with any imaging modality currently. The best evaluation is a proper history and thorough examination, and possibly urodynamic studies. ...Read more

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Can abdominal/pelvic CT scan w/contrast Miss a pancreatic cancer?? Is this possible?

Can abdominal/pelvic CT scan w/contrast Miss a pancreatic cancer?? Is this possible?

It is possible: Pancreatic cancer can begin in various locations(head, body or tail of the pancreas) and can be quite small yet cause lots of symptoms. So despite CECT there is small chance of missing this tumor unless the focus of the CT is on the Pancreas and the test is planned and done with this diagnosis in mind. In fact there are special protocols for making this diagnosis.That may not have been done here. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan with contrast cause a headache 30 minutes after it is performed?

Can a CT scan with contrast cause a headache 30 minutes after it is performed?

Headache: Headache has been described as an uncommon delayed adverse reaction to IV contrast, so it is possible. ...Read more

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Is it possible a pelvic CT scan could miss a small tumor in rectum? Gi felt a fullness is left rectum but only tilted pelvis was seen on CT scan.

Can miss: A pelvic CT scan is designed to define structures in the abdomen pelvis such as the small bowel and colon but not to define their content within the lumen of the bowel. As such when such a luminal (phenobarbital) lesion is noted it is large and bulges within the bowel to distort the structure of that segment of bowel. Small intraluminal (phenobarbital) lesions are easily missed and require colonoscopy to be recognized. ...Read more

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Routine ultrasound of abdomen showed a dark spot with size 1.2cm.My CT scan without contrast is non-conclusive, should I have a CT with contrast?

Depends: Too many factors involved to comment. Ask the doctor who ordered the studies, or a specialist in the field of whatever organ the dark spot is on. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Computed tomography (ct scan) or computed axial tomography (cat scan), is a medical imaging procedure that utilizes computer-processed x-rays to produce tomographic images or 'slices' of specific ...Read more