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Is there a shot or an i.V. Involved when doing a lumbar CT scan with dye?

Is there a shot or an i.V. 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 more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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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 the lumbar CT scan with dye a risky thing to do?

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

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 more

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Is there something they will give me for anxiety when i'm doing the lumbar CT scan with dye?

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 more

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What kind of complications might happen from a lumbar CT scan without dye?

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

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If spine dr says my lumbar spine looks normal on CT scan, is a cortisone shot still benificial for true sciatica pain?

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 more

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Will an ulcer show up on a CT scan with dye?

Will an ulcer show up on a CT scan with dye?

May not: Very large stomach ulcers can be detected on ct scan. Upper endoscopy best. See your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What kind of complications might happen from a chest CT scan with dye?

Allergy: The main risk is concern for an allergic reaction to the contrast dye. Damage to the kidney is also a big concern. The good thing is that the kidney can usually recover from this on its own with IV fluids and careful observation. ...Read more

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I had blood work and CT scan with dye.How accurate are these tests for the pancreas?Thank you very much

I had blood work and CT scan with dye.How accurate are these tests for the pancreas?Thank you very much

Defer to Doctor: I am sorry. You are not sharing enough of your history. None of us wants to interfere with the care you are receiving there in real time. It sounds like you are very worried, but you are asking questions that are not in any way going to engender valid and in depth information. Once again the right answer to your question is 'very'. Please phrase a question that really states your concerns. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Korona
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Ct Scan (Definition)

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


Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Lumbar (Definition)

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