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Doctor insights on: Preparation For Abdominal Ct Scan With Contrast

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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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Dr. Clarence Grim
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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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Abdominal CT scan with oral contrast. What will this show?

Abdominal CT scan with oral contrast. What will this show?

Several things: Can be seen on ct scan. The oral contrast helps deliniate some of the intestinal findings. Other organs are also seen such as liver, pancreas, gallbladder, aorta, lymph nodes, kidneys, urinary bladder, uterus or prostate, vertebral column, etc. Some structures are seen better than others. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood that I could die from oral and IV contrast for an abdominal CT scan. I'm terrified and I don't know why. Please help.

What is the likelihood that I could die from oral and IV contrast for an abdominal CT scan. I'm terrified and I don't know why. Please help.

Discuss with doc: These dyes have had enormous clinical use and rarely cause any problems. The only risk is ultra rare sensitivity which usually occurs in those who have had exposure to these in the past. Discuss with your doctor who will be administering these to you to put you at ease. You might need some pre-test anti-anxiety medication. ...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 does not progress in most cases. ...Read more

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Can an abdominal CT scan with and without contrast detect micronodular adrenal adenomas? What's the false negative possibilities?

Can an abdominal CT scan with and without contrast detect micronodular adrenal adenomas? What's the false negative possibilities?

Adrenal adenomas: With most gland problems, first figure out if the hormones are elevated. If so, THEN go looking for the tumor. This is because all glands form nodules, but these nodules often have no consequence. If you have a hormone elevation (Cushings, pheo, aldosteronoma) and the source is the adrenal, the CT will almost always find it. But this is complicated. See your Endocrinologist. ...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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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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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 no news good news with an abdominal CT scan?

Is no news good news with an abdominal CT scan?

May not be.: Please make sure work up of your problem continues if you are still having symptoms. No test is perfect. ...Read more

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What can an abdominal CT scan pick up and see? Thnkss

What can an abdominal CT scan pick up and see? Thnkss

Best view of abdomen: The abdominal ct is the best quick view of the entire abdominal cavity. It provides a great picture of all organs and the abdominal wall, as well as the spine. This study can see everything from cancer to kidney stones to hernias to vertebral fractures to foreign bodies. Usually, you are given contrast which provides an even better view. Downside, radiation exposure similar to 400-500 x-rays. ...Read more

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What happens during a three phase abdominal CT scan?

What happens during a three phase abdominal CT scan?

Tri-phasic CT: Tri-phasic ct scans are used to evaluate the structure, the blood vessels and the nature of the organs. The three phases are: 1) before the intravenous contrast is given; 2) the arterial phase, when the dye is given rapidly as an injection, the effect is that it goes to the heart as a bolus and then to the aorta as a bolus, like an arteriogram; 3) the venous phase or equilibration phase. ...Read more

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How risky is an abdominal CT scan for a 34 year old male? Starting to get nervous after reading a lot of material online.

How risky is an abdominal CT scan for a 34 year old male? Starting to get nervous after reading a lot of material online.

Very safe: Ct of abdomen is very safe, radiation exposure is negligible, if contrasts are used, only worry is reaction to contrast material. ...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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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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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

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Computed tomography (ct scan) or computed axial tomography (cat scan), is a medical imaging procedure that utilizes computer-processed x-rays to produce tomographic images or 'slices' of specific ...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