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Doctor insights on: Mri Liver And Pancreas Scan With Contrast

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Dr. Bradford Patt
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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My mom has colon ca and based on MRI w/ contrast told she had 4 mets lesions in liver and 1 in pancreas. Pet scan then came clear. Is pet ever wrong?

My mom has colon ca and based on MRI w/ contrast told she had 4 mets lesions in liver and 1 in pancreas. Pet scan then came clear. Is pet ever wrong?

PET better: PET when performed with CAT is extremely accurate since the CAT scan identifies areas on MRI but will light up when a shadow on the scan is truly malignant. Lesions in the liver can be benign such as hemangiomas and a metastatic focus in pancreas is very rare. I would repeat the MRI in 4 months to see if there is progression. At the same time the best approach is removing the primary ...Read more

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Can an MRI without contrast (can't have, am pregnant) miss a tumor in the abdomen (liver, pancreas, etc)?

Can an MRI without contrast (can't have, am pregnant) miss a tumor in the abdomen (liver, pancreas, etc)?

MRI can show picture: Contrast for MRI is less critical than it is a for CT scan. If MRI shows any suspect lesions, an Ultrasound exam can be useful complementary test. ...Read more

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32 yo dtr, non-drinker, 4 mos. Postnatal. Pancreatitis atck, MRI of pancreas shows vein cluster on liver. In 1 yr. Will do cat scan. Cause to worry?

32 yo dtr, non-drinker, 4 mos. Postnatal. Pancreatitis atck, MRI of pancreas shows vein cluster on liver. In 1 yr. Will do cat scan. Cause to worry?

No need to worry: Liver hemangiomas are quite common, usually incidental finding on an US/CT abdomen.
They are benign, and most of the time asymptomatic.
They are estrogen sensitive, can grow more rapidly during pregnancy, and in rare occasions can rupture and bleed.
They can be monitored with US/CT/MRI, the frequency of testing depends on size and stability. ...Read more

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Up GI normal heart normal tests gb normal liver normal pancreas normal bone scan normal kidney spine MRI normal brest mg normal why i, m have chest pa?

Up GI normal heart normal tests gb normal liver normal pancreas normal bone scan normal kidney spine MRI normal brest mg normal why i, m have chest pa?

Many causes: There are many causes of chest pain. With your various tests you have eliminated a lot of serious causes. You did not mention testing for any heart problem. Another commn cause includes gastroesophageal reflux.Sometimes a skeletal problem such as costochondritis, inflammation in anterior rib, or musclce strain can cause pain. You should go over test results and physical examination with your doctor. ...Read more

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I had an upper abdomen scan and have to go for MRI as shadows showed up and fatty liver and slightly enlarged gall bladder. I am worried tho my gp noy?

I had an upper abdomen scan and have to go for MRI as shadows showed up and fatty liver and slightly enlarged gall bladder. I am worried tho my gp noy?

It is normal: To be concerned. There is not enough information for me to speculate about the 'shadows' on the liver, if you have a fatty liver it is not unusual for small areas of non-fatty liver to look abnormal on ultrasound, so hopefully that is all it is. ...Read more

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Had. Mri of liver and pancreas because of elevated liver enzymes, healthy female not ill, what may the results be?

Had. Mri of liver and pancreas because of elevated liver enzymes, healthy female not ill, what may the results be?

Anything: Your MRI may be normal or may be abnormal depending on what the findings are. If your liver enzymes are caused by some sort of blockage in the bile pathways, MRI might be able to reveal that. However, if your liver enzymes are caused by a hepatitis or increase fat contents, MRI may be negative. ...Read more

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I had a MRI results, severe stetosis liver, kidney cysts, and mild atrophy pancreas, have been given pain pills, but no plan for treatment, ?

I had a MRI results, severe stetosis liver, kidney cysts, and mild atrophy pancreas, have been given pain pills, but no plan for treatment, ?

Treat yourself: Kidney cysts usually need no treatment and there isn't one anyway. You have much more pancreas than you need. Fatty liver in a non-alcoholic and with other serious disease ruled out is often the organ's way of asking for more aerobic exercise. Make that your mainstay if self-care.. ...Read more

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Got MRI results back for chronic pancreatitis, it showed fatty liver and mild heart disease, as well as mild changes to the pancreas suggestive of cp, do you think I would be a canidate for the islet cell transplant surgery, and to have pancreas removed?

Got MRI results back for chronic pancreatitis, it showed fatty liver and mild heart disease, as well as mild changes to the pancreas suggestive of cp, do you think I would be a canidate for the islet cell transplant surgery, and to have pancreas removed?

Unlikely: Without further details including presence of diabetes/diarrhea and underlying cause of the chronic pancreatitis, i'd say those are drastic measures. Start with your local gastoenterologist for review of options and identification of causes such as obesity, alcohol, gall stone disease, and drugs. ...Read more

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Us scan showed slightly coarse echotexture pancrease (pancrelipase) blood test fine dr want MRI what to expect to find? No pain 2 month ago slight discomfort

Coarsening?: I am not aware of pancreatic echotexture "coarsening" on ultrasound. However, if there is a concern about the pancreas an MRI should adequately depict anatomy (absence of masses, etc) and pancreatic duct architecture. ...Read more

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Could an MRCP MRI miss pancreatic and /or liver cancer?

Could an MRCP MRI miss pancreatic and /or liver cancer?

Highly unlikely: That said there is never a never or an always in medicine. Given your age doubtful ...Read more

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If someone has pancreatic cancer and an MRI was done that showed a new tumor (liver) does this mean it is always cancerous? Does a biopsy make sense?

Maybe: Every lesion seen doesn't mean its cancer. A biopsy would make sense if you would do something different with either a positive, negative, or non-diagnostic result. If there would be nothing different done in terms if treatment, life planning, etc., twgardless of the result, them don't do it. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer symptoms MRI showed chronic pancreatitis, heart disease and fat liver, what is the chance that they might find a cancer there too?

Pancreatic cancer symptoms MRI showed chronic pancreatitis, heart disease and fat liver, what is the chance that they might find a cancer there too?

Plan to live: Chronic pancreatitis only has a slight tendency to produce cancer especially if it's hereditary, and if it was not seen on imaging, it's very unlikely to be there and you should plan to live. If you are not a longtime heavy drinker, then we need to seek the cause of your liver, heart and pancreatic disease. It may be that a healthier future awaits you with aerobic fitness as the key. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What other tests can be done for tenderness to right side of stomach had scan for g/bladder, liver, kidneys, pancrease (pancrelipase) and blood tests?

What other tests can be done for tenderness to right side of stomach had scan for g/bladder, liver, kidneys, pancrease (pancrelipase) and blood tests?

Hida scan: The normal tests for abdominal pain in the right upper abdomen can include a sonogram and a ct scan. A hida scan with an ejection fraction will evaluate the function of the gallbladder. I will refer patients to a gastroenterologist, as well, for evaluation of the stomach for ulcer disease, gastric reflux and other stomach problems. ...Read more

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Iam 31 years old female I had us scan for my abdomen everything was normal but pancrease (pancrelipase) slightly coarse echotexture amlays at normal level explain?

Iam 31 years old female I had us scan for my abdomen everything was normal but pancrease (pancrelipase) slightly coarse echotexture amlays at normal level explain?

Description: This finding is nonspecific and is of doubtful significance in the setting of a normal amylase (or lipase as is sometimes also obtained). In the absence of a mass, cyst, pancreatic enlargement, or pancreatic duct distention I would not be concerned. ...Read more

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MRI of gall bladder showed something between gb and pancrease (pancrelipase). Said it might just be a lymph node but repeat mri in 3 months. % chance of cancer?

Should repeat exam: There can be lymph nodes near gall bladder. Lymph nodes can be reactive to infection, inflammation, trauma, neoplasm etc. Observation for short interval will determine whether grows, is stable, or regresses. It sounds like the radiologist was not very concerned. If worrIed I might repeat examination in 6 weeks rather than 3 months. ...Read more

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Enlarged liver, enlarge pancrease, (pancrelipase) swollen nodes on MRI of abdomen, abdominal pain?

If: Nothing will clearly point to a diagnosis I would possibly consider a biopsy or even a laparoscopy. The best thing is to talk to you doctor and ask what else can be done to arrive to a diagnosis. I certainly do not like the nodes seen on mri... ...Read more

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Oncology: Could a 2cm mass at the pancrease/liver site be considered a, "soft tissue tumor"?

Oncology: Could a 2cm mass at the pancrease/liver site be considered a, "soft tissue tumor"?

Does it matter: Soft tissue usually refers to the tissue which holds other organs together and soft tissue tumors are mostly superficial in location. Organs like liver, spleen, kidney etc are referred to as solid organs however tumor can arise from soft tissue surrounding these organs as well. Doctors sometime use this term loosely to explain things in lay terms. ...Read more

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I have a problem difficult swallowing saliva. In check up every thing is normal. But liver and pancrease (pancrelipase) show they are weak. What might I do?

I have a problem difficult swallowing saliva. In check up every thing is normal. But liver and pancrease (pancrelipase) show they are weak. What might I do?

Vague; Get Specifics: Vast majority of "check-ups" are superficial, miss a majority of health/disease issues because people want quick, easy, cheap ; expect someone else to give them what they want without much effort on their part (impossible). Regarding liver ; pancreas function, what specific issues were reported? No clinical tests, commonly done, are either thorough or definitive. Microalbumen for kidney function. ...Read more

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2011 had vp shunt placed. Had sterile peritonitis. Now have enlarged head of pancrease (pancrelipase). Elarged right side of liver 17.5 cm. Multiple lymph nodes seen?

2011 had vp shunt placed. Had sterile peritonitis. Now have enlarged head of pancrease (pancrelipase). Elarged right side of liver 17.5 cm. Multiple lymph nodes seen?

May not be due to: Vp shunt, most likely done to relive intracranial pressure, current condition needs careful evaluation, including biopsy speak to your doctor (s) will give you the plan of care. ...Read more

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Ultrasound revealed liver hemangioma. Doc wants an MRI but I'm claustrophobic. CT scan with no contrast agent sufficient for proper diagnosis?

Ultrasound revealed liver hemangioma. Doc wants an MRI but I'm claustrophobic. CT scan with no contrast agent sufficient for proper diagnosis?

If CT. Need contrast: Both MRI and CT can be excellent ways of confirming that a liver tumor or nodule is in fact a Hemangioma as there are very defining characteristics about these lesions by both these methods of imaging. Liver Hemangiomas have a very characteristic enhancement pattern using contrast, where the periphery enhances first and then the center fills over time. With CT contrast is needed to observe this. ...Read more

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What does Non-Contrast appearance of liver, spleen, pancreas, and adrenals are remarkable mean on a CT Scan report?

What does Non-Contrast appearance of liver, spleen, pancreas, and adrenals are remarkable mean on a CT Scan report?

? Un remarkable: Most likely it stated unremarkable. Non Contrast appearance simply means there was no DYE used in the study and the appearance of those organs look "stable" or Unremarkable. If they looked "remarkable" there would be more description as to how the looked remarkable, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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A recent CT scan with contrast revealed two cysts on pancreas. What does this mean? Previous colon cancer and has esld. Also 6mm mass on liver.

A recent CT scan with contrast revealed two cysts on pancreas. What does this mean? Previous colon cancer and has esld. Also 6mm mass on liver.

Needs attention: Needs work up. Most of the pancreatic tumors are solid but cysadenoma, cystadeno carcinoma will present as cystic lesions need biopsy of these lesions to make sure they are not malignant also liver lesion. If pancreatic lesions are benign could be a candidate for liver transplantation for end stage liver disease (esld). ...Read more

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2day had abdomen MRI contrast later after having dinner I had nausea and running floating stool. I under big stress from scan and waiting results?

2day had abdomen MRI contrast later after having dinner I had nausea and running floating stool. I under big stress from scan and waiting results?

Symptoms: Would not be caused by the MRI and sound like they may be anxiety related. Try to be patient for a bit longer as your doctor should have the MRI report soon. ...Read more

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What's better for diagnosing pancreatic cancer.... Ct scan or mri? I've had normal ultrasound and CT scan with contrast. Still worried.

What's better for diagnosing pancreatic cancer.... Ct scan or mri? I've had normal ultrasound and CT scan with contrast. Still worried.

Why worried?: Why are you worried? Do you have symptoms or abnormal labs?

If the ct was normal and used a specific pancreas protocol, then an MRI of the pan creas may be the best next test. Since it does not use radiation, there is little risk for you. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more