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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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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Could a pelvic/abdominal ultrasound show something that was not seen on a pelvic/abdominal CT scan?

Could a pelvic/abdominal ultrasound show  something that was not seen on a pelvic/abdominal CT scan?

Yes: As dr. Macaron pointed out, ultrasounds are more sensitive than cts for finding gallstones. Also, pelvic ultrasounds (especially when done transvaginally) are more sensitive than cts for looking at the uterus and ovaries. ...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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Can a pelvic and abdominal ct scan reduce sensitivity to penis?

Can a pelvic and abdominal ct scan reduce sensitivity to penis?

No: Neurologic compromise from radiation requires doses at least hundreds if not thousands of times higher than CT. Also high dose radiation burns the skin before it kills nerves. ...Read more

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How should I prepare for an abdominal CT scan?

How should I prepare for an abdominal CT scan?

Fast and drink prep: You will be asked to fast for several hours beforehand. Then, you will probably be given some flavored contrast to drink, which is a type of dye to make the scans show more detail. You may also need to have an IV inserted to get IV contrast. The exact details will vary based on why the scan was ordered. The radiology department will give you exact instructions for your particular test. ...Read more

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My recent abdominal ct scan showed the possibility of a richter hernia , what does that mean?

My recent abdominal ct scan showed the possibility of a richter hernia , what does that mean?

Partial hernia: It means that part of the wall of the intestine is sticking out of the abdominal wall. It is a rare hernia but because only part of the bowel wall is involved, can be more dangerous mostly because it is diagnosed late. Have a surgeon check it out. ...Read more

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Is a one-year-old abdominal CT scan that detected Nutcracker syndrome too old to look at for a second opinion ?

Is a one-year-old abdominal CT scan that detected Nutcracker syndrome too old to look at for a second opinion ?

Not too old: Second opinions can be given on any study. If your symptoms have gotten worse, then a newer study may show more disease, but the old study may still contribute some information to the diagnosis. You can contact me on my profile by pressing Send Message to start a consult. ...Read more

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I recently had an abdominal ct scan. The report states that the bladder wall is mildly thickened. What does that mean?

I recently had an abdominal ct scan.  The report states that the bladder wall is mildly thickened. What does that mean?

Probably nothing: What symptoms? do you smoke? Any family history of bladder cancer? A lot more questions need to be answered before a doctor can give you a real answer. ...Read more

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What can an abdominal CT scan see?

Too long to list: Ct scan is a form of x-ray in which the radiation source & detectors rotate around the patient as she moves through the plane of the beam. As with all x-rays, it measures different density to the radiation, but the computer takes the raw data and reconstructs cross sectional images like slices of bread. While still limited to differences in density, it can resolve to a few millimeters. ...Read more

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What is an abdominal CT scan like?

What is an abdominal CT scan like?

See: Radiologyinfo.Org for good info about ct scans. ...Read more

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Does an abdominal CT scan show polyps?

Does an abdominal CT scan show polyps?

Sometimes: But not usually. Polyps are usually too small, and ct scan does not distend colon adequately. Best test for colon polyps is colonoscopy by gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Can an abdominal CT scan with contrast see a hernea?

Can an abdominal CT scan with contrast see a hernea?

Possibly: An abdominal CT examines the abdomen from the belly button up to the bottom of the chest. A pelvic CT examines the body from the belly button to the bottom of the pelvis. The test for the 'abdomen' is generally ordered as CT of the abdomen and pelvis with and /or without contrast. A CT of the abdomen and pelvis should detect a hernia. Sometimes an ultrasound is ordered in addition to and/or instea ...Read more

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How long should you wait after an abdominal CT scan to drink ?

How long should you wait after an abdominal CT scan to drink ?

Depends: On why the ct scan is being done. Do not know if you mean drinking fluids like water & juice which are fine right after the radiology study is completed unless there are concerns of bowel obstruction. If you mean drinking alcohol then that depends mostly on why the ct scan was being done. Ask the radiologist or your doctor ordering the study. ...Read more

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I am so worried about my son because he has had two abdominal CT scan. One at 10 mSv at age 4 and the other at 6mSv two weeks ago and he is now eight.

Balance info vs risk: A CT scan can give valuable information regarding disease process but does carry its risk which increases the younger a person is and is dose related. Studies on people exposed to radiation are ongoing, and if total exposure is limited to the 16 mVs, then lifetime increase in cancer risk due to the radiation is still less than 1%. This is in addition to other genetic, disease and environment. ...Read more

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Can an abdominal CT scan w/contrast show IBS?

Can an abdominal CT scan w/contrast show IBS?

Not really!: The CT will show spasm or edema ( swelling of the bowel wall) but you need something such as endoscopic studies to rule out any inflammatory disease which is a serious health issue, unlike that of irritable bowel which is also painful but not progress in most cases. ...Read more

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What does a cystoscopy show that a kub and/or abdominal CT scan wouldn't?

What does a cystoscopy show that a kub and/or abdominal CT scan wouldn't?

Indication 4 surgery: Cystoscope is a surgical procedure with risk. Before signing consent, have family with you to ask surgeon these questions. Understand your risk/benefit analysis. Typically the cystoscope allows views of the inside lining, not provided on ct and kub, with access to remove objects, place stent, take biopsy, make additional recommendations. Kub and ct may show obstruction, scope can correct. ...Read more

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What can an abdominal CT scan with IV dye and barium sulfate solution find?

What can an abdominal CT scan with IV dye and barium sulfate solution find?

Many things: In general areas of abnormal growth such as a tumor or fluid cyst, or areas of swelling such as inflammation or infection. The intravenous contrast solution and swallowed barium help the radiologist identify and separate nearby structures and organs, and help to better visualize possible abnormalities. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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. Michael Gabor
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Ct Of Abdomen (Definition)

An abdominal CT scan is an imaging method that uses x-rays to create cross-sectional pictures of the belly area. CT ...Read more