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What is the definition or description of: pet-ct pulmonary nodule?

What is the definition or description of: pet-ct pulmonary nodule?

Lung mass: If a lung mass is seen on chest xray or ct scan and the patient has a moderate risk of malignancy, often the next test is a positron emission tomography (pet scan). This test detects masses with high metabolic rates. Around 95% of patients with a malignant nodule will have a positive pet scan. It is falsely positive in about 21% of patients, meaning that it will suggest cancer when it is not. ...Read more

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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Computed tomography is also known as CT scan. 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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Had a CT abd/pelvis w iv/contrast, findings;4.6mm pulmonary nodule in right lower lobe wout mineralization.Diff diag inc benign & malignant etiologies ?

Had a CT abd/pelvis w iv/contrast, findings;4.6mm pulmonary nodule in right lower lobe wout mineralization.Diff diag inc benign & malignant etiologies ?

CT SURVEILLANCE: Accp guidelines recommend 2 years of low dose ct surveillance. Repeat ct 3 months x 2 then 6 months x 3 for a total of 2 years. Probably nothing. ...Read more

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Treating a Lung Nodule (Tip)

Treating a Lung Nodule

Lung nodule means CT. CT means check with lung specialist. Discuss bronchoscopy. ...See more

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Treating a Lung Nodule (Checklist)

Recognize that most nodules are benign scars, not malignant
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Remember to obtain any previous images possibly showing nodule
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Research whether it's best to follow the nodule or to biopsy it
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Positive PPD test, x-ray, CT scan shows solitary pulmonary nodule. 5 mos after nodule stable/slight increase. Doc said to remove. No cough not smoking?

Positive PPD test, x-ray, CT scan shows solitary pulmonary nodule. 5 mos after nodule stable/slight increase. Doc said to remove. No cough not smoking?

Depends: Ppd positive, work-up details (quantiferon assay?), characteristics on chest x-ray, on ct-scan and/or treatment would be important. Depending complete work-up, risk factors, size, rate of growth/increase in size, etc. Location may be amenable to tran-sthoracic ct-biopsy or bronchoscopy transbronchial biopsy (flouro guided, inreach/em-nav guided, or ultrasound guided). ...Read more

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Good day! last aug i got allergies sneezing and colds but no fever and cough. Positive PPD test and X-ray and CT scan shows solitary pulmonary nodule.

TB treatment: Since you have a positive PPD skin test and lung imaging that has a solitary nodule, I would suggest that you have airway fluid cultures sent to a microbiology lab. Your physician will order follow up imaging and prescribe treatment for you. Your household members should also be tested. ...Read more

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Fell on my back , had cat scan , revealed (2 ) 4mm lung nodule pulmonary doctor says I should have nothing to worry about, follow cat scan in 6 mnth?

Probably overkill: For nonsmokers, with nodules in that size range, we recommend no further follow-up. If you are smoker stopped smoking. If any follow-up is necessary, 12 months is probably all you need. ...Read more

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Can there be a difference in a CT and pet scan of 1mm in the results of a lung nodule?

Can there be a difference in a CT and pet scan of 1mm in the results of a lung nodule?

Yes: There are differences in techniques between the ct scan with a pet scan and a general ct scan. Additionally, radiologists may measure a nodule slightly differently. Please look at a ruler and realize just how small 1 mm is. Radiologists routinely are measuring things less than 1 cm or about 3/8 of an inch. ...Read more

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Ct scan from 1 month ago showed my lung nodule grew 1 mm. Will a pet w/ CT tell me if its cancer?

Ct scan from 1 month ago showed my lung nodule grew 1 mm. Will a pet w/ CT tell me if its cancer?

PET scan: Tumors generally have a higher metabolic rate and a pet ct make use of this. Tumor usually lights up on a pet scan. If the tumor nodule is very small it will likely be missed on a pet scan. ...Read more

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Lung Nodule (Definition)

A lung nodule is a symptom in which a person has a chest x-ray or CT scan that shows a small lump (nodule) in a lung. A lung nodule can be cancerous or non-cancerous. If cancerous, it can be a lung cancer or can be a metastatic cancer that spread from another ...Read more


Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more