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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

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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What things can be found with an abdominal/pelvic CT scan of a woman?

What things can be found with an abdominal/pelvic CT scan of a woman?

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

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What things can be found when doing an abdominal/pelvic CT scan in a woman?

What things can be found when doing an abdominal/pelvic CT scan in a woman?

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

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What is the definition or description of: abdominal pelvic CT scan with dye?

What is the definition or description of: abdominal pelvic CT scan with dye?

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

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Would Megacolon be seen on abdominal/pelvic CT scan with contrast and barium sulfate?

Would Megacolon be seen on abdominal/pelvic CT scan with contrast and barium sulfate?

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

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What type of doctor can order an abdominal pelvic CT scan without dye?

Ct scan: Mostly the general surgeons and ob/gyn will order this type of ct scan.Also pcp can do this as well if they suspect any abdominal or pelvic pathology. ...Read more

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Can colon polyps show up on and abdominal/pelvic CT scan?

Can colon polyps show up on and abdominal/pelvic CT scan?

No: Only very large polyps can be seen. Most polyps can be seen if a specialized ct scan is performed that specifically looks for polyps, but these are rarely performed. ...Read more

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Would an abdominal + pelvic CT scan with contrast see impacted stool in the colon?

Would an abdominal + pelvic CT scan with contrast see impacted stool in the colon?

Yes: The CT of the abdomen and pelvis will be very good for looking for fecal impaction. Sometimes digital examination can detect it. On occasion the impaction may be beyond the reach of the finger ...Read more

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Can an abdominal/pelvic CT scan with and without contrast effect sperm or cause the patient to become sterile?

Can an abdominal/pelvic CT scan with and without contrast effect sperm or cause the patient to become sterile?

Radiation dose: Of a single CT scan should not affect sperm count or fertility. Radiation damage could be cumulative, however, so consult with your doctor to determine if any future CT imaging could be harmful. ...Read more

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Is having an abdominal/pelvic CT scan to check for kidney stones dangerous?

Is having an abdominal/pelvic CT scan to check for kidney stones dangerous?

No: A ct scan to assess for kidney stones is not dangerous. If one gets multiple ct scans frequently, the radiation from these studies can potentially cause future abnormalities due to cumulative dose of the radiation. ...Read more

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Can an abdominal/pelvic CT scan incidentally detect colon cancer or polyps?

Can an abdominal/pelvic CT scan incidentally detect colon cancer or polyps?

Incidental: An abdominal ct scan may incidentally demonstrate the suspicion of a fairly large colon cancer but not small lesions or polyps. A conclusive diagnosis of colon cancer requires a tissue diagnosis by biopsy. ...Read more

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Could an abdominal/pelvic CT scan without contrast (ordered for ureteral stones) detect ovarian cancer also?

Could an abdominal/pelvic CT scan without contrast (ordered for ureteral stones) detect ovarian cancer also?

MAYBE: Although a contrast-enhanced ct--or, better still, a pelvic ultrasound--are preferred methods for visualizing the ovaries, a non-contact ct would likely show nonspecific irregularities of the ovaries. Bottom line: pelvic ultrasound is the best choice for visualizing ovaries. ...Read more

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Can an abdominal/pelvic CT scan show colon polyps or cancer?

Can an abdominal/pelvic CT scan show colon polyps or cancer?

CT Scan Findings: Ct scan is not the best study to detect colon cancer. Although a ct scan may show a large sized colon cancer, the sensitivity of this is greatly reduced without the administration of oral contrast. The best diagnostic study for colon cancer or polyps is colonoscopy. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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.

CT scan is not: Best test for detection of small colorectal cancers. A sigmoidoscoy or colonoscopy is a much better test. You need to ask your doctor for proper referral if cancer is suspected. ...Read more

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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.

Not usually: Barium sulfate is essentially inert. The most common complication is constipation. Drinking plenty of water usually overcomes this problem. ...Read more

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Is it likely that three abdominal /pelvic CT scans taken over the course of a year (for colon issues) would miss colon cancer?

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

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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

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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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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?

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

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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?

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?

The CT had: No effect on your sperm count or erectile function. Radiation risks from diagnostic x-rays are primarily concerned with cumulative, long-term cancer risks. Best bet is to see a urologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Would abdominal/pelvic CT scan show if a male had testicular cancer?

Would abdominal/pelvic CT scan show if a male had testicular cancer?

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

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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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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