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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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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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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?

Sciatica work up: Unless you are having problems with your GI tract, a pelvic/Abdominal CT Scan will not detect back problems or sciatica. CT or MRI of the spine, LS Spine x-ray, or EMG/Nerve Conduction studies are just a few of the tests used to evaluate Sciatica/LBP. Follow up with your PCM or an Orthopedic Surgeon if you are having chronic LBP or Sciatica symptoms. If you have GI tract problems, see a GI Doc. ...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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Is there anything that can be mistaken for an accessory spleen in an abdominal CT scan?

Is there anything that can be mistaken for an accessory spleen in an abdominal CT scan?

Lucky you-you got 2: There is probably a long list of very rare things--but accessory (extra) spleens are not uncommon and most radiologists are comfortable is identifying them. Never know when an extra spleen might come in handy. ...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?

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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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. 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