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Head CT with and without contrast - what does the contrast help reveal?

Head CT with and without contrast - what does the contrast help reveal?

Highlights: The contrast will flow through the blood stream and highlight structures providing additional information and definition. ...Read more

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For CT scan of abdomen with and without contrast, will it cover stomach too?

For CT scan of abdomen  with and without contrast, will it cover stomach too?

Only partially: The stomach is visualized on an abdominal ct scan, but may stomach diseases (such as gastric ulcers) may be missed. An endoscopy is a better way of evaluating the stomach. ...Read more

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Can a pelvic/abdominal CT scan with barium and IV contrast detect back problems and sciatica?

Can a pelvic/abdominal CT scan with barium and IV contrast detect back problems and sciatica?

Some: The Radiologist will definitely be able to see your spine. The images from a CT of the abdomen are not formatted specifically to look at the spine however. The test of choice to evaluate sciatica is an MRI. ...Read more

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Would CT scan of chest abdomen and pelvis with contrast help diagnosis of celiac disease?

Would CT scan of chest abdomen and pelvis with contrast help diagnosis of celiac disease?

Doubt it: If any irregularities in the intestinal wall were found, it would be just that, irregularities. Their presence would suggest a problem but the overlap with other possible conditions would make the information inconclusive. A normal study would also not rule out the condition. ...Read more

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Does an abdominal CT scan with and without contrast have the same amount of radiation as two CT scans?

Does an abdominal CT scan with and without contrast have the same amount of radiation as two CT scans?

Yes: The ct scan will consist of at least 3 parts. A very low dose scan to show the anatomy and allow for planning of the full ct scan. The next scan is the "real" scan without contrast. Then there will be at least 1 scan with contrast, usually when the veins are most opacified, at about 70 seconds after the start of the injection. However, some contrast scans have multiple phases for some anatomy. ...Read more

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What organs will a chest CT scan show with and without dye ?

What organs will a chest CT scan show with and without dye 
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There are: different ways to perform a chest CT, depending on what your doctor is looking for. A "routine" CT will show lungs, mediastinum, aorta and great vessels, heart, ribs, upper abdomen, thoracic spine. ...Read more

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What is CT scan of abdomen and pelvic with contrast?

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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Could you see abdominal adhesions with a CT scan with contrast and IV injection?

Could you see abdominal adhesions with a CT scan with contrast and IV injection?

Large : Adhesions are sometimes seen. Usually what is seen is the effect the adhesion is having on the intestine. Sometimes they are not detected until found at surgery. ...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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In ruling in or out cerebral aneurysm is mra study enogh or MRI with and without contrast is also needed with mra for better accuracy?

In ruling in or out cerebral aneurysm is mra study enogh or MRI with and without  contrast is also needed with mra for better accuracy?

Best tests: Cta and mra studies should readily demonstrate any significant aneurysm. If such a lesion is congenital and small, it may be missed, but ruptures tend to occur when larger than 0.9 mm, and the others would just be followed. If you possess uncontrolled high blood pressure, an acquired aneurysm, called charcot-bouchard, could result in hemorrhage, so watch your bp. ...Read more

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Can an MRI of head done with and without contrast visualized blood flow through vessels in brain?

Can an MRI of head done with and without contrast visualized blood flow through vessels in brain?

MRI with contrast : Yes. This is an acceptable way to visualize the blood vessels of the beain. ...Read more

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Could a cta chest scan with IV contrast detect problems with the heart?

Could a cta chest scan with IV contrast detect problems with the heart?

Not best: Test for heart but sometimes we see things like coronary artery disease and large atrial septal defects. Aortic valve disease can sometimes be seen. Best to have appropriate test for the portion of the heart your doc is worried about. ...Read more

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Does non contrast abdomen pelvis CT show any problems with pancreas? Drank contrast but didn't have IV in arm?

Does non contrast abdomen pelvis CT show  any problems with pancreas? Drank contrast but didn't have IV in arm?

Full study: For pancreatic cancer a full study is needed. Contrast in the bowel will allow the radiologist to evaluate. A thorough history by your doctor first to ask smoking history and risks is the first step. Intravenous contrast will peruse through the vascular beds. Operative planning for a pancreatic mass would include absence of mesenteric vascular involvement. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can a CT with contrast of abdomen and pelvis detect colon cancer?

Can a CT with contrast of abdomen and pelvis detect colon cancer?

It can sometimes: Unfortunately, ct scans are not very good at finding small polyps like a colonoscopy does. The scan will usually only pick up larger lesions. The endoscopy has an additional benefit of allowing small polyps to be biopsied or removed. Polyps tend to grow to become cancer, so they should be removed if possible. Ct scan, won't allow treatment at same time, and thus, is not as good a test for colon ca. ...Read more

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Ct scan of abdomen and pelvic with contrast means what?

Ct scan abdomen/pelv: It means you had symptoms related to your stomach and your doctor wanted to find out the cause and thats why he/she ordered the test. ...Read more

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Can 2 CT scans with contrast miss anything wrong in the abdomen and pelvis?

Yes: Every test has limitations. The ct scans may not have found the problem, but they have likely eliminated some possibilities. If you have had 2 ct scans and the symptoms persist, follow up with you doctor to determine if any other tests are needed. ...Read more

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Had ct of head with and without contrast for HA. Results show small cyst and recommend MRI. Should I be concerned?

Had ct of head with and without contrast for HA. Results show small cyst and recommend MRI. Should I be concerned?

Not without symptoms: If you are not having symptoms, I don't think you even need an MRI. It's just wasting time & money going after an incidental finding. Most brain cysts are benign. If they were expanding, you would have neurologic symptoms (headache, vision probs). What prompted the MRI in the 1st place? Discuss with your primary doc or use HealthTap Prime to get advice from someone who knows your medical history. ...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?

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