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Camera on a snake: A video camera on the end of a flexible stalk, not unlike a snake, is inserted through the rectum while you are asleep. You don't feel a thing, you won't remember it, and the only bed part is the prep. ...Read more
Neither have risk: When both procedures carried out under mild anesthersia, the patient essentailly experiences no side effect. With colonoscopy air however has to inflate bowel for visualization and being NPO isnt suffiecient to clean out the colon. GoLytley has to be employed. Minor risk with some bx close to bowel mucosa where perforation has resulted .especially in colon. ...Read more
Lesions in bowel: Colonoscopy is a method for direct visualization of the entire colon from several cm. above the rectum to the splenic and hepatic flexures to the cecum. it allows for examination of the tissue of the bowel, allowing for biopsies and identification and biopsy of any inflammatory process to lesions such as polyps, carcinomas and obstructing processes. ...Read more
Please help me understand the process for getting a CT scan and the results. Does a child have to undergo anestesia? How long does it take to get results? How often does a patient need to wait between scans?
Depends on child: Frequently an older child can undergo a ct scan without anesthesia. Smaller children might need sedation or anesthesia in order to remain still for the procedure. The scan is very short, less than 10 minutes usually, and then the radiologist has to read the results. This takes longer. Ct scans do subject the patient to a lot of radiation, so they should not be used as a routine screening device. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies: Thirty years ago, the physician would just tap out the liver and using a suction needle obtain tissue. For the most part today, the liver is seen under ultrasound and a spring-loaded needle obtains the tissue. ...Read more
D&C: D&c normally refers to a procedure involving a curette, also called sharp curettage. However, some sources use the term D&C to refer more generally to any procedure that involves the processes of dilation and removal of uterine contents, which includes the more common suction curettage procedures of manual and electric vacuum aspiration. ...Read more
I was wondering if a normal colonoscopy is painful and is a virtual colonoscopy as accurate as a normal colonoscopy and can it detect any cancer?
See answer: Urethral dilation is an outmoded practice with few indications in women compared to years ago. It was thought to be a cure for recurrent UTI or other urinary symptoms. It is now felt that there is little scientific basis for this. However, some women may have truly narrowed urethras (strictures) and dilation with successively larger instruments can temporarily restore normal caliber. ...Read more
Is a anorectal manometry useful to diagnose constipation? How do I prepare for the test? How long does the test take?
How is a C T Enterography done and why is it done. What could it reveal? Suffering from cronic constipation. Chrons suspected.
Good image of SI: CT scanning allows detailed cross-section pictures of your abdomen and organs. Adding oral (you drink it) and IV contrast material can highlight the lining of the intestine. Characteristic signs of inflammation in the lining of the bowel can be seen suggesting inflammatory bowel disease--Crohn's or ulcerative colitis. Tumors, bowel obstructions, abscesses or bleeding can also be seen. ...Read more
How is a rectal exam performed? How is a patient positioned for the exam? Is an erection normal after a rectal exam?
First rectal exam?: Examining practitioner will ask you to pull down your pants, either bend forward or lay on your side, & with a gloved finger will gently insert it into your rectum. The exam takes brief seconds, but permits assessment of rectal tenderness, masses, bleeding from the gut, rectal/anal tone, visual anal inspection, & your prostate. Rarely, expression of prostate fluid or erection may occur. Be well-- ...Read more
See below: 1st, they try to avoid doing a ct scan in the first place. If an alternative isn't available, then they shield the belly with lead to avoid radiation to the fetus. If the concern is in the abdomen or pelvis, some radiation will hit the fetus. But they'll use as little radiation (turn down power & duration of radiation) as much as possible. In an emergency, u have to treat the mom to save baby. ...Read more
How do pet scans work? My wife is scheduled for a pet scan and i was wondering how it works. Is this a good test relative to the other kinds of tests you can do? Is it accurate? Do you know how long it usually takes to get the results back?
Positrons -Really!!: A pet/ct looks at the function of the body. Radioactive drugs (usually a glucose analog) distribute based on differences in function, release a positron (antimatter), which is destroyed by combining with an electron, making an x-ray we detect. Follow the directions the imaging center gives exactly, because patient prep is critical to getting the best test. Pet/cts are usually read the same day. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is a colonoscopy the only test for colon cancer? Can a fit test replace the colonoscopy? Is it painful to have a colonoscopy awake?
Colonoscopy: Every person (even asymptomatic) after age of 50 should undergo screening colonoscopy. If there is a family history of colon cancer screening should be done earlier. Awake? Why? I won't recommend to do it being awake might not be a pleasant experience. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sedation: Colonoscopy is performed by placing a long, flexible tube along the entire colon and rectum via the anus. While people dread this, it is painless when done under sedation. The worst part is the day before when the "prep" is taken to purge the system. Although unpleasant, this will find polyps before they turn into cancers, thus saving one from major surgery. If you're 50, "get 'er done". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need to do barium for CT scan. I'm nursing. They said the barium is safe. Is it really safe for her? She is 10 weeks.
Interventional Radiology: About how long after an IRE for cancerous tumor til a CT/PET scan is done to ascertain the results?
What is IRE?: It is best to avoid abbreviations...they can only delay interpretation of what is wrong and where it is! As for your answer to your question... your oncologist is in a better position to address them than an interventional radiologist. ...Read more
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