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Is The Abdominal Pelvic Ct Scan
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
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
A variety: Of anatomic, inflammatory, neoplastic, metabolic, functional abnormalities. The question is to broad to adequately answer. Do you have a specific symptom or concern? ...Read more
Several things: It looks for abnormalities of bowel/solid organs, enlarged lymph nodes, kidney stones, possible areas of infection, artery/vein abnormalities, abdomen/pelvic fluid collections, uterus/ovaries/bladder, and all the surrounding muscles and bones. List of possibilities is too long to give here. ...Read more
Standard ct scan: This refers to a ct scan that covers from the diaphragm to the upper legs. This also refers to contrast "dye" injected in your IV during the scan. The contrast allows the radiologist to tell between things that are normal or not normal in the abdomen. Common reasons for this test include appendicitis, diverticulitis, cancer, and trauma. ...Read more
No: There is no need to do that unless the procedure is ct guided drainage of a collection. ...Read more
Yes, . ..: Megacolon is suspected in patients with constipation of very long duration, abdominal bloating +/- pain, palpable fecal mass; this is chronic. At times, it can be acute & toxic. Imaging studies of CT scan with/without contrast + barium sulfate confirmed the diagnosis. For future events of health concern, follow the instruction in articles listed in http://www. Formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html. ...Read more
Can an abdominal/pelvic CT scan with and without contrast effect sperm or cause the patient to become sterile?
Is barium poisoning possible from drinking barium sulfate suspension for abdominal/pelvic CT scan?
I had 1 abdominal pelvic CT scan about 5 months ago. I am now noticing very tiny clear bumps on my chest and some on my abdomen. They don't itch or hurt. Could this be caused from the radiation?
Yes: Lymph nodes are evident on a CT study if they are 1 cm or larger in size ...Read more
Could an abdominal/pelvic CT scan without contrast (ordered for ureteral stones) detect ovarian cancer also?
If I had a clear abdominal & pelvic CT scan with contrast because of blood on stool, am I safe in thinking that it is not colorectal cancer?
Not Yet: Your age and family history play a role in believing there is increased risk or not, but, the final test to be certain would be a colonoscopy. Most colon cancers will start as polyps, a small growth on the wall. These are not well seen on ct scans and can only be ruled out completely with a colonoscopy. ...Read more
Had 1 abdominal/pelvic CT scan in 2013; and 3 chest CT scans in 2014 (1 in April, 2 in Sept). How worried should I be about radiation induced cancer?
Not much: Several CT scans is still extremely unlikely to cause radiation-induced cancer. How unlikely is unknown but if that CT scans were necessary, rest assured that your needs have been taken care of. The important thing to remember is that imaging is necessary when it is helpful. Always ask your doctor why a test is necessary. As long as there is a good reason, the good should outweigh the bad. ...Read more
Would an abdominal/pelvic Ct scan w/contrast typically miss colon cancer? I have severe constipation and pencil thin stools but CT scan was normal.
Does Barium Sulfate for suspension cause constipation, nausea, gas, and. Cramping? I had to drink two 450 mL bottles for an abdominal/pelvic CT Scan.
Is it likely that three abdominal /pelvic CT scans taken over the course of a year (for colon issues) would miss colon cancer?
It is possible: In a routine ct, the colon can be very difficult to evaluate. Stool throughout the colon makes it difficult to identify small masses (i.e., early cancer). Also, there are almost always areas of contraction in the walls that can mimic tumors. Unless the ct is done after a thorough colon prep and with a specific technique designed to identify polyps, colon cancers can "hide" very easily. ...Read more
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
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
I had an abdominal and pelvic CT scan with both oral and IV contrast. About 48 hours later, I drank a few beers. Was this ok and safe to do?
Probably ok.: The alcohol in the beer might be a little dehydrating which could theoretically increase the potential for renal harm from the contrast however at your age with presumed normal kidneys it shouldn't be too dangerous or harmful as the contrast was probably already excreted in the first 24 hours. ...Read more
I had an abdominal and pelvic CT scan last month. My groin was not protected. My Sperm count is low and I can no longer hold an erection. My radiation dosage was at 865 DLP which seems like it converts to 16 mgy. Is this permenent? Was dose too high?
Testicular cancer CT: There is a very good chance a CT scan would indeed see a testicular cancer if present. Late stage testicular cancer can spread into the abdomen and a CT scan would likely reveal those changes. A CT scan may also be able to see the testicles as well. See you doctor if you are worried or have found an abnormality. ...Read more
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