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Doctor insights on: Two Pelvic Ct Scans

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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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I had 2 CT scans within 10 days totaling 52 mSv. One was an angiogram/abdo/pelvic. One was chest/abdo/pelvic. What are cancer odds.

I had 2 CT scans within 10 days totaling 52 mSv. One was an angiogram/abdo/pelvic. One was chest/abdo/pelvic. What are cancer odds.

Little if any: Excessive radiation has some risk to induce cancer many years down the road. But what you have had is called Medical use of X-rays which is considered safe. Unless you exceed 20+ CT cans, there should not be any such concern. ...Read more

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Can 2 CT scans with contrast miss anything wrong in the abdomen and pelvis?

Can 2 CT scans with contrast miss anything wrong in the abdomen and pelvis?

Yes: Every test has limitations. The ct scans may not have found the problem, but they have likely eliminated some possibilities. If you have had 2 ct scans and the symptoms persist, follow up with you doctor to determine if any other tests are needed. ...Read more

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Have lots of pressure in my pelvis area also back pain paps swabs ct scans all good please help?

Have lots of pressure in my pelvis area also back pain paps swabs ct scans all good please help?

Need more info: It would be helpful to know your age and medical history, There are several reasons why you are hurting and you need to see your family physician to get to the bottom of it. ...Read more

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11 CT scans 10 xrays in 2 yrs gyn wants a pelvic ct- MRI of pel shows fluid and endomet. 14mm biopsy of cervix neg-fem 69 is CT safe for me? W. Cont

11 CT scans 10 xrays in 2 yrs gyn wants a pelvic ct- MRI of pel shows fluid and endomet. 14mm biopsy of cervix neg-fem 69 is CT safe for me? W. Cont

Why so many?: Ultrasound should be adequate for evaluation of pelvis. A sonohysterogram should be the test of choice for a post menopausal thickend endometrium. You have had too much radiation. ...Read more

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Chronic pelvic pain on left side over 1 year. Had 2 CT scans, colonoscopy, ultra sounds. All ok. Found a fibroid in same pain location, had hysterectomy 5 weeks ago. Pain still there. Any other ideas?

Chronic pelvic pain on left side over 1 year. Had 2 CT scans, colonoscopy, ultra sounds. All ok. Found a fibroid in same pain location, had hysterectomy 5 weeks ago. Pain still there. Any other ideas?

Could be normal : Postop incisional pain which sometimes may take upto 6-8 weks to go away. I would check for signs of infection such as redness around the incision, or any drainage. If your pain is deep inside tand associated with fevers then u may need an imaging study to rule out any post op abscess. Follow up with your surgeon and he/she will guide you. ...Read more

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I'm November, I had 2 CT scans. One was an angiogram with chest, abdo, pelvis. The second was neck, chest, abdo, pelvis. What is my risk of cancer?

I'm November, I had 2 CT scans. One was an angiogram with chest, abdo, pelvis. The second was neck, chest, abdo, pelvis. What is my risk of cancer?

Prob not any higher: The risk of cancer from the radiation exposure from the CT scans is not high. We should always limit unnecessary procedures, but if your doctor recommends a scan, usually it is because he/she feels that the potential benefits outweigh the risks. Please don't worry. Take care. ...Read more

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Risk for cancer after 2 CT scans in a month? 1 abd/pelvis + 1 CT lung angiogram to rule out PE. 32 female. Scared!

Risk for cancer after 2 CT scans in a month? 1 abd/pelvis + 1 CT lung angiogram to rule out PE. 32 female. Scared!

Low risk overall: It is commonly thought that the extra risk of any one person developing a fatal cancer from a typical CT procedure is about 1 in 2,000. In contrast, the lifetime risk of dying from cancer in the U.S. population is about 1 in 5. However, the lifetime risk of cancer from a single CT scan was small—about one case of cancer for every 10,000 CTS
m.cancer.gov/topics/factsheets/CT
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Chance 4 ab / pelvic CT scans all missed symptomatic colon cancer (narrow stools, occaision blood) over three years. Also, had sigmoidosopy to 35cm?

Chance 4 ab / pelvic CT scans all missed symptomatic colon cancer (narrow stools, occaision blood) over three years. Also, had sigmoidosopy to 35cm?

Hematochexia: Negative sigmoidoscopy and CT sacn of pelvis and Abdomen. May need a full colonoscopy doubt colon cancer for 3 years without significant progression. Other cause like IBD more likely ...Read more

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Lower right quad pelvic pain — intense and ongoing for 2+ weeks. Have had trans-vaginal U/S, ct-scans, kidney stone tests, etc. normal. Is lap needed?

More ?s than answers: A colonoscopy? If everything's normal, then maybe laparoscopy. But colonoscopy seems like the next logical step before slicing you open. What does the imaging show? What's your physician say? What do your blood tests show? Way too many unanswered questions. I don't even know your age? What do the physicians caring for you have concerns about? 2 weeks is not that long. Weight loss? Etc. ...Read more

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Thet did not tell me how much fluid was in pelvis, just showed up on cat scan?

Thet did not tell me how much fluid was in pelvis, just showed up on cat scan?

Especially if: You are a premenopausal female, it may be normal to have small amounts of fluid in the pelvis. Large amounts of fluid in the pelvis are abnormal at any age. So there is unfortunately not enough information provided to hazard a guess as to the significance in your case. Need to talk with your doc about the results. ...Read more

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How big of a mass in the rectum can a pelvic cat scan detect?

How big of a mass in the rectum can a pelvic cat scan detect?

Few milimeter or mor: Ct scan can pick rectal mass from few milimeters to a centimeter. Preferably method would be rectal exam with finger/sigmoid/colonoscope. ...Read more

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What will barium cat scan show of pelvis/ abdomen?

What will barium cat scan show of pelvis/ abdomen?

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 more

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What will barium cat scan show of pelvis/ abdomen?

What will barium cat scan show of pelvis/ abdomen?

The pelvis & abdomen: All structures from diaphragm to groin will be visualized by a contrast ct scan. Consuming oral contrast distinguishes gut from surrounding structures; IV contrast better delineates solid organs. Even blood flow, neurologic impingement, hernias, etc. Are made apparent by ct, typically to a resolution of about 5mm. ...Read more

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Hello I had a cat scan done on pelvic and abdoan done today the are looking at lymph nodes what does lyphoma orlung cancer look like on cat scan?

Hello I had a cat scan done on pelvic and abdoan done today the are looking at lymph nodes what does lyphoma orlung cancer look like on cat scan?

A mass.: Lymph nodes are scattered throughout the body and are normal structures. They should not be larger than 1 cm in diameter. Lymph nodes that contain metastatic disease, or lymph nodes containing lymphoma, are detected on a cat scan based on size over 1 cm. A pet/ct has an additional criterion, increased glucose uptake, to suggest cancer. ...Read more

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What DES an abdominal pelvis cat scan show?

CT scan: Typically, everything in the 'belly' — liver, lower parts of the lung, stomach, pancreas, spleen, adrenal glands, gall bladder, small & large intestines, kidneys, gynecologic structures, bladder, prostate, — & all th muscles & bones in that region. ...Read more

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Going 4th time for a cat scan third for abdomen and pelvis any radiation risk concernes?

Going 4th time for a cat scan third for abdomen and pelvis any radiation risk concernes?

Yes, there risk!: Too many films of the abdomen and pelvis give a substantial x-ray dose, especially if the set-up hasn't been checked and redone for minimal dose. You haven't said why you had the studies. ...Read more

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What does a cat scan image of the abdomen and pelvis reveal?

A CAT scan: With contrast provides 3d slices of all the organs, today every 3mm, and these can be reconstructed to provide coronal (front to back) and saggital (right to left from the side) views. These were developed 40 years ago and incredibly changed medicine. ...Read more

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Could you give me any information about what my cat scan image of the abdomen and pelvis reveal?

Could you give me any information about what my cat scan image of the abdomen and pelvis reveal?

Need to see: Since there was no way to look at the scan, can't really say what it saw. Plus why did you have it. The Best thing is sit down with your doctor. Have a heart to get the answers ...Read more

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Recent cat scan showed prominence of the right renal pelvis without urethral dilates or calculus suggests an incomplete upj obstruction.?

Recent cat scan showed prominence of the right renal pelvis without urethral dilates or calculus suggests an incomplete upj obstruction.?

Several causes: Prominence of renal pelvis can be caused by stasis in capacious renal pelvis, extrarenal pelvis congenital normal variation, and sometimes ureteropelvic obstruction. Usually a nuclear renal scan with Tc99m DTPA or MAG3 can be used to differentiate stasis from true or significant obstruction. ...Read more

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Hypothetically if somebody had melanoma on their lower back and had a CAT Scan of abdomen and pelvis 4 other reasons. Would melanoma show up on CAT?

Hypothetically if somebody had melanoma on their lower back and had a CAT Scan of abdomen and pelvis 4 other reasons. Would melanoma show up on CAT?

It could: Potentially show up on an abdomen/pelvis CT, depending on the size. There are no specific features of melanoma on CT, so, if small, it would look the same as the myriad of benign nevi, keratoses, cysts, etc... that are so common, and might not be mentioned as a relevant finding in the report. ...Read more

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Would a pelvic ultrasound, transvaginal ultrasound or cat scan show up a miscarriage?

Would a pelvic ultrasound, transvaginal ultrasound or cat scan show up a miscarriage?

Ultrasound: A combination of ultrasound (either transabdominal or transvaginal), B-hcg levels, and clinical information are used to diagnose a miscarriage. CT is not used because of its ionizing radiation. ...Read more

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What is my doctor looking for in a cat scan of pelvis after ultrasound (normal). I have pain in pelvis particularly r ovary. Cancer?

Pelvic pain: Ct scan shows more details of the pelvic contents. Cancer ovary is ruled out if normal ultrasound since it presents with cysts or masses which are easily diagnosed by the ultrasound. So stool analysis and blood tests will provide us with the clues. So better stop worrying about cancer with a negative provisional result. ...Read more