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CT Scan benefit outweigh the risk? Im 23 with 3 CT scans already. Doctors concerned about chronic upper left abdomen pain radiating to back.

CT Scan benefit outweigh the risk? Im 23 with 3 CT scans already. Doctors concerned about chronic upper left abdomen pain radiating to back.

Depends: It depends on what your dr is concerned about. CT scans do provide significant radiation exposure. Some causes of left upper abdominal pain can e assessed by ultrasound or endoscopy, depending on your other symptoms and risks. If however, your doctor can provide good reason why CT scan is necessary, then it is probably worth doing. You can always seek a second opinion. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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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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Have severe lower stomach pain diarrhia every time I eat had CT scan and blood work all normal been 3 weeks no change?

Lactose intolerance?: It is good that you had a normal CT scan and bloodwork as that can exclude many anatomical issues including appendicitis, colitis, infection or tumor. Are there certain foods that make this worse? Do you see a relationship to dairy products? What about wheat products? Should consider lactose intolerance or possibly celiac disease. I would consult with GI specialist at this point ...Read more

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Tep clear CT scan of ab,clear cxr, clear.brief us, stomach pain comes and goes on upper left, spleen rupture, contrast in.vein.both times?

Tep clear CT scan of ab,clear cxr, clear.brief us, stomach pain comes and goes on upper left, spleen rupture, contrast in.vein.both times?

Problably NOT: if on CT of abdomen had no splenic laceration and there 4 grades being 3& 4 degree surgical and 1-2 May be observed.id there was none originally they do not appear out the sudden AND all of rhem require severe trauma like falling twice the perso height , severe car accident essentially a severe traumatic mechanism, Most probably muscle strain take NSAIDS if not allergic and put her compress. ...Read more

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My niece has been losing weight and has stomach pain , doctors want to do a cat scan, im very scared?

My niece  has been losing weight and has stomach pain , doctors want to do a cat scan, im very scared?

Fear of CT scan: Just relax and pray for the best. The ct scan is to make sure that there is nothing serious, it doesn't mean that there is something serious present. ...Read more

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Stomach pain right side across from naval. Have had off & on since 10/12 many tests (us & ct's) everything looks ok. Hurting again, why?

Stomach pain right side across from naval. Have had off & on since 10/12 many tests (us & ct's) everything looks ok. Hurting again, why?

Many causes: Could be muscular if you work out or have injured yourself. Could be related to what you eat. Could be related to emotional upset. Try keeping a food and symptom diary (including times of day). That may provide information to help you and a physician or nutritionist or counsellor to determine a pattern. Holistic or functional medicine doctor, visceral manipulation therapist may be helpful. ...Read more

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What could cause a sudden drop in B12 levels in 5 months600 to 371. Extreme stomach pain 20Weightloss , MRI ct colonoscopy can't find cause. What else?

What could cause a sudden drop in B12 levels in 5 months600 to 371. Extreme stomach pain 20Weightloss , MRI ct colonoscopy can't find cause. What else?

Functional loss: The tests you undertook look for anatomical problems that would correlate with B12 deficiency. But unless you've had surgery recently, the chances of an anatomical problem are remote. More likely you have a functional loss of B12. Either your diet has changed or you have developed problems with B12 absorption like achlorhydria or intrinsic factor (IF) deficiency which are found by biochemical test ...Read more

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I have upper stomach pain and pain under my right ribs feels like something is there pain is stabbing and hurts to eat or drink anything CT was normal?

See a doctor: May need to consider an ultrasound to evaluate for gallbladder condition or gallstones. Most gallstones, if present, are not vvisible on ct scan. If ultrasound is normal may need to see a gastroenterologist for evaluation & possible endoscopy. ...Read more

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Had c diff almost 2 yrs ago. Went back to ER with severe stomach pain/swelling & CT revealed fluid in my abdom. Dr thinks its back. Is this dangerous?

Had c diff almost 2 yrs ago. Went back to ER with severe stomach pain/swelling & CT revealed fluid in my abdom. Dr thinks its back. Is this dangerous?

It can be: C diff infection can be life threatening , in worse cases, and is highly contagious, and prone to relapses.
Get treatment. ...Read more

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What can cause a month-long fever? Started intermittent but now 99.5-100+ daily. Stomach pain, GI issues; ct+egd show nothing major. Neck glands sore sometimes. 25f, sober/smoke-free more than 1 yr.

What can cause a month-long fever? Started intermittent but now 99.5-100+ daily. Stomach pain, GI issues; ct+egd show nothing major. Neck glands sore sometimes. 25f, sober/smoke-free more than 1 yr.

Many things: I would strongly suggest further evaluation. Persistent low grade fevers aren't normal. Could be something simple like epstein barr infection which causes mono. Or some other infxn. More extreme concern would be more serious infection or blood disorder. As a women worth your symptoms a gynecologic exam is also needed. Most of the concerns can be evaluated with simple blood test or imaging. ...Read more

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My abdominal CT scan says “ovoid hypodense estructure in retroperitoneum” 3.6x 4x 3.5 cm, Dr says it’s probably benign but I’m concerned. Any help?

My abdominal CT scan says “ovoid hypodense estructure in retroperitoneum” 3.6x 4x 3.5 cm, Dr says it’s probably benign but I’m concerned. Any help?

Difficult: to venture a guess without additional info or viewing the images. If it is a cyst it may be innocuous. If it is a solid mass it might require further work up. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan of abdomen detect cancer?

Can a CT scan of abdomen detect cancer?

Sometimes. : It depends on many factors, the size of the cancer, the organ it involves, technical factors with the study, etc. There are many variables. Remember each cancer starts as a single cell, so we can never completely exclude the diagnosis even when a ct is completely normal. Pet/ct can show cancers that are virtually impossible to see on ct, even with contrast. ...Read more

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Is contrast mandatory for abdomen CT scan?

Is contrast mandatory for abdomen CT scan?

No: Iv contrast is often not used when the ct is for the purpose of looking for renal stones and in people with a history of contrast allergy or renal disease. It is often helpful in assessing persons with nonspecific abdominal symptoms as it will better show areas of inflammation, infection, and tumor. ...Read more

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What kinds of stomach issues can a CT scan show?

Abnormal: dilatation of the stomach, volvulus, hiatus hernia, tumors, inflammatory processes, to name a few. ...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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Md told me a CT scan shows all organs but not the stomach, why?

Md told me a CT scan shows all organs but not the stomach, why?

Hollow organ: Because the stomach is a hollow organ, if it is not full of food sometimes it will not show up on a CT scan or other imaging test. If a doctor is specifically wanting to look at the stomach on CT scan they can order the CT with oral contrast. Then you drink some contrast material and the stomach will show up. ...Read more

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What is it like to have a CT scan on the stomach and pelvis area?

See below: you may be asked to drink contrast before the scan and be injected with intravenous contrast as you are scanned to look inside your body. See the link below.

http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=abdominct ...Read more

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Will CT scan abdomen pelvis show ulcer?

Will CT scan abdomen pelvis show ulcer?

Possible,: Maybe, but an upper GI series with barium is better, and endoscopy is the best way to look for an ulcer. ...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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Is one CT scan of abdomen and pelvis likely to cause cancer?

Is one CT scan of abdomen and pelvis likely to cause cancer?

Not usually one: Radiation dose from ct is about 100 times chest x-ray. However the exact number of scans to induce cancer is not precisely known.If ct is necessary for diagnosis it is very accurate tool. Most institutions have reduced amount of exposure in recent years. If same diagnosis can be made with mr or ultrasound, non ionizing radiation, they should be chosen.Certain medical problems ct is necessary. ...Read more

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What does a cystoscopy show that a kub and/or abdominal CT scan wouldn't?

What does a cystoscopy show that a kub and/or abdominal CT scan wouldn't?

Indication 4 surgery: Cystoscope is a surgical procedure with risk. Before signing consent, have family with you to ask surgeon these questions. Understand your risk/benefit analysis. Typically the cystoscope allows views of the inside lining, not provided on ct and kub, with access to remove objects, place stent, take biopsy, make additional recommendations. Kub and ct may show obstruction, scope can correct. ...Read more

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What can an abdominal CT scan with IV dye and barium sulfate solution find?

What can an abdominal CT scan with IV dye and barium sulfate solution find?

Many things: In general areas of abnormal growth such as a tumor or fluid cyst, or areas of swelling such as inflammation or infection. The intravenous contrast solution and swallowed barium help the radiologist identify and separate nearby structures and organs, and help to better visualize possible abnormalities. ...Read more

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What can a small bowel follow-through show that an abdominal CT scan cannot?

What can a small bowel follow-through show that an abdominal CT scan cannot?

Transit time: This exam demonstrates the small bowel in detail and demonstrates the time it takes for the barium to get through the bowel. This test can also demonstrate anomalies, fistulas, leaks and blockages. ...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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Would advanced colon cancer show up on a CT scan of my abdomen ? Reg CT scan not virtual colonoscopy.

Would advanced colon cancer show up on a CT scan of my abdomen ? Reg CT scan not virtual colonoscopy.

Imaging/biopsy: The imaging modality of ct scan could show findings that would be concerning for cancer, mass around your colon, enlarged lymph nodes in the same area. However, the diagnosis is made at biopsy, a piece of the mass under the microscope of a pathologist. Often the ct scan leads to the biopsy. Good luck, it is important to get the evaluation completed. ...Read more

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Could an internal hernia, in the mid-abdomen, be missed on CT scan? Is MRI more accurate? Thank you.

Could an internal hernia, in the mid-abdomen, be missed on CT scan? Is MRI more accurate?  Thank you.

No: An internal hernia can only be suspected post surgery when signs of partial bowel obstruction develops due to a loop entering a defect in mesentery or equivalent and bowel dilatation develops which can be defined by both CAT and MRI ...Read more

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Ct scan: paravertebral soft tissues remarkable for calcifications in the abdominal aorta. Is this fatal?

Ct scan: paravertebral soft tissues remarkable for calcifications in the abdominal aorta. Is this fatal?

Calcium in aorta: Atherosclerosis-the fancy name, hardening or the arteries-the common name...Same disease process. Its the calcium that makes them hard. So...Calcifications are very commonly seen in the aortic wall and do not, all by themselves indicate anything remotely fatal. ...Read more

Stomach Pain (Definition)

Most people will describe pain in any part of abdomen as stomach pain, it is what many patients say but in medical terms it is pain in the stomach which is located in middle of upper abdomen, so real stomach pain is the pain ...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