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Two Pelvic Ct Scans
Whats better for diagnosing pancreatic cancer.... Ct scan or mri? I've had normal ultrasound and CT scan with contrast. Still worried.
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
Sodium low&cortisol highi& fatigue&weight loss. Clear CT scan in Apr15. Symptoms persisted CT scan in Feb 16 clear. Could CT missed SCLC. Repeat scan?
Look outside lung: Yes CT scans can miss SCLC, especially if the scan is not a 'high resolution' scan with sufficient overlap. However, with 2 negative scans, you should look outside the lung. Head & neck cancers and esthesioneuroblastoma (tumor of nerves that sense smell) can cause this symptom pattern. Though rarer, SCLC can occur outside the lung, as well. A PET scan or whole body bone scan could help. TTYD. ...Read more
Strength of modality: Ultrasound (us) is 1st line for adnexal masses, better to say B9 or not, non-ionizing radiation. Depends if vaginal or abdominal. Ct is not as specific as us but better if non-pelvic origin, used to evaluate spread. ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can i exclude cancer?Urq disc.& floating stool.Had normal blood/stool tests, CT scan, colonoscopy, ultrasound and hida scan, endoscopy(gerd/gastritis).
Sounds Good: But you need to discuss your concerns with your doctor/s. ...Read more
Whats better for diagnosing pancreatic cancer? Ct scan or mri? 34yr male. I've had normal ultrasound and CT scan with contrast. Still worried.
CT, ERCP, MRCP: Thin-slice (3 mm) ct abdomen yields fine detail of pancreatic structures... Blood tests including tumor markers: ca-19-9, ca-15-3, and cea can alert the clinician for ca. Also, ERCP w/ ductal brushings (though its endoscopy) can search for malignancy. Finally, mrcp may add to the clinical picture, but 64-bit ct is slowly encroaching on the former's superiority. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain abdomen, mostLy RUQ CT abdomen & pelvis- hida Abdom US, EGD, CBC,CMP, LDH, Lipase,Amalyse,stool all negative... Help! Can CT show colon cancer?
Had ct. scan w/oral cntrst of abdomin, all normal. Is CT scan w/ oral contrast reliable of abdomin? Was having bloat and gas. Had ultrasound prior.
Solid/hollow organs: Barium outlines GI tract; IV contrast helps outline solid organs. Expect to get views of stomach, duodenum, small bowel, colon, rectum; liver, spleen, , gall bladder/bile ducts, pancreas, adrenals, kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate or uterus, tubes, ovaries, vagina, lymph nodes, arteries, veins, assorted muscles. Generally get a view of diaphragm, lower lungs, pleura, spine, pelvis. More stuff. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can i relax about cancer?34yrold w urq disc.&floating stool.Normal blood/stool tests, CT scan, colonoscopy, ultrasound and hida scan, endo(gerd/gastritis
Why are you worrying: No great answer except that digestive symptoms are common at your age and related cancer is not. Most cancers do not cause your symptoms but some can affect digestion. What did your doctor tell you? You should ask a doctor who knows you. Maybe there is a specific reason you worry about cancer and not the usual causes of these symptoms? Do you need to be worried for some personal reason? ...Read more
Had Abd/Pelv CT Scan in Sept'13.Had Abd/PelvMRI in Nov'13.Had Colonoscopy Oct'13.Had numerous hem/anal checks.Doc says no AnalCancer.Still reason2wry?
Why so worried? : It sounds like you have already undergone an extensive evaluation. Rectal and colon cancer are very rare at your age. Typically, a flexible sigmoidoscopy is sufficient in your age group. Given your young age, and extensive studies, I think your risk is low. Are there other symptoms or lifestyle choices that make you worry about anal disease? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can i relax about cancer?Urq disc.&occ floating stool.Normal blood/stool tests, CT scan, colonoscopy, ultrasound and hida scan, endoscopy=gerd/gastritis
I'd relax for now: Your pain and stool fat changes sound like gall bladder disease, though proven not present. Was the gerd region biopsied? If so and negative, your comprehensive and perhaps more than appropriate workup shows within the limits of present technology, you don't have a detectable cancer. Longstanding gerd can be a pre-cancerous change over the years however and may warrant future follow-up endoscopy. ...Read more