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Questions on a CT scan with contrast dye. Ok if pregnant?

Questions on a CT scan with contrast dye. Ok if pregnant?

Depends on the need: A ct can be used in pregnancy when absolutely necessary and when other options are not appropriate. A ct scan has a higher level of radiation exposure than other imaging methods so it is not the first choice. Mri, sonograms and even x-ray would be chosen first. In some medical conditions a ct is the best option in spite of the exposure. Make sure you discuss the reason for the ct scan with doc. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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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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Just had a CT scan with contrast dye for my shoulder two day ago , since then i m getting pains on my left and right lower side that comes and goes?

Just had a CT scan with contrast dye for my shoulder two day ago , since then i m getting pains on my left and right lower side that comes and goes?

Likely unrelated : Ask your doctor to check your kidney function if you need reassurance. The contrast material used for ct is quite safe but may in rare instances affect the kidneys, more commonly in diabetic patients. Most radiology facilities screen patients prior to the exam to insure the safety of using the contrast media. ...Read more

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I had a CT scan with contrast dye and a mrcp with contrast on the same day-- 4hours apart. Also, scheduled a CT guided biopsy 2 days later. Any issue?

I had a CT scan with contrast dye and a mrcp with contrast on the same day-- 4hours apart. Also, scheduled a CT guided biopsy 2 days later. Any issue?

Be followed: As long as you have normal renal (kidney) function and you are monitored closely and well hydrated, you should be fine. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My doctor ordered a CT scan with contrast. I am on thyroid meds and worried about the dye/contrast.What can I do?

My doctor ordered a CT scan with contrast. I am on thyroid meds and worried about the dye/contrast.What can I do?

No worries: There is not a concern, if the ct is evaluating other parts of your body, including the neck. The contrast will not cause a problem with your thyroid or your medications. But, you don't want to do this type of ct scan, if your doctor later plans on evaluating the thyroid itself with a radioactive uptake nuclear medicine scan because it can interfere with that and skew the results. ...Read more

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I'm concerned because I have to have a CT scan how safe is the contrast dye?

I'm concerned because I have to have a CT scan how safe is the contrast dye?

Very safe: Assuming you are not allergic to the dye and do not have kidney problems, the dye is safe. People with dye allergies often are allergic to shellfish, or have a history of asthma. They will question you before they give you the injection. ...Read more

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Isn't it unusual to to get nausea after a CT scan with no contrast dye?

Can happen: If you were asked to swallow a large amount of the dilute barium contrast then that might make you a bit nauseous. Otherwise, no. ...Read more

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What happens if you get an allergic reaction to the contrast dye for CT scan?

See below: With iodinated based contrast you may get allergic reaction ranging from mild skin rash to severe rash, difficult breathing, severe drop in blood pressure and even cardiac arrest. Patients at risk are those with previous reaction, history of asthma or allergy. Please consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to have a CT scan how safe is the contrast dye?

What to do if I have to have a CT scan how safe is the contrast dye?

CT IV contrast : IV contrast is associated with a very low incidence of acute adverse events, and the bulk of these are not life threatening. Studies report an overall acute adverse reaction rate (allergic-like + physiologic) of 0.2%-0.7%. Serious acute reactions to IV dye are rare, with an historical rate of approximately 0.04%. FDA review demonstrated a rate of 2.1 fatalities per 1 million injections. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does the CT scan contrast dye taste like?

Various Flavors: The oral ct contrast is a dilute barium suspension which can have different flavors depending on the manufacturer. There could be banana, orange, etc. ...Read more

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. Daniel Saurborn
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more