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Is There A Shot Or An Iv Involved When Doing A Lumbar Ct Scan With Dye
CT with contrast: Before the study, an IV will be started, through which the contrast ("dye") is injected. Usually a lumbar scan is done first without contrast and then a second time with contrast to enhance structures like discs, spinal cord, nerves. They may request a blood test of your kidney function to make certain your kidneys can deal with the contrast. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Computed tomography is also known as CT scan. 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
Not too Risky: The biggest risk would be an allergy to the dye. It is rare, centers knows the cross allergies, that is, red flags about people who are increased risk for an allergic reaction. Centers are also prepared to take appropriate in case there is an allergic reaction. There is also the risk from the radiation associated with the ct. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe, if needed: Some people with lumbar radiculopathy find it painful to lie flat. While a ct is relatively brief, it does require the person lay motionless for a few minutes. A small dose of valium does wonders for that, and there is no harm in making the procedure less unpleasant. Some people get anxious in tight spaces too. Your pain doc or family doc could prescribe a small dose of Lorazepam or diazepam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shouldn't be any: Thos is a non-invasive imaging procedure with little risk of complication. A ct scan uses x-rays taken in a spiral fashion to create an image that is 3 dimensional. A single ct scan is roughly equivalent to 200-300 chestherefor, therefore in people who are imaged hundreds of times over a number of years, there is a small risk of radiation exposure causing cancerous change in cells. ...Read more
If spine dr says my lumbar spine looks normal on CT scan, is a cortisone shot still benificial for true sciatica pain?
CT scans: are typically not very useful in determining any main issues in the spine. you need an MRI to really determine what is awry in you causing your sciatica pain. If there is pathology the MRI will show it. Then and only then can you be sure an epidural may help you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It shouldn't: Once the IV is in, injecting fluid into your veins shouldn't hurt, as there are no pain receptions inside your vessels. In some cases the IV can "blow out" or infiltrate and the fluid will go around the vessel and not into the vein. This can hurt and cause other complications. Elderly patients with fragile veins are the most at risk for IV infiltration. ...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
The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more
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