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Ultrasound Vs Ct Scan For Gallstones
Less radiation: There is no radiation exposure from an ultrasound, while CT has moderate radiation risk. Usually, US gives the info needed with lower cost and no radiation. ...Read more
An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more
My hida scan was 35%. The ultrasound shows possible few very tiny gallstones. The CT scan was normal with some intermittent gb symptoms. Should i get the gbremoved?
Tough Call: This is not an uncommon situation--things are not always "black & white". If i were convinced that my patient was having "gallbladder symptoms", i would lean towards recommending surgery. Other pertinent info includes: any tenderness on exam? Did the cck injection reproduce the pain? Are the liver enzymes normal? Is my patient a good candidate for elective surgery? Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
So Ihad a ultrasound and was told I had a 8mm gallstone. I later had a ct scan for another matter. It said no gallstones present. So do I have stones?
Yes you do: Ultrasound is much more sensative than is CT for looking at the gallbladder. Ultrasound will show the gall stones before they are seen on CT. ...Read more
That is the: normal appearance of the fasting gallbladder, as long as it is not enlarged. ...Read more
CT scan shows Gallstones... feel weak and no desire to eat. Dr. out of office for 1 week and not sure if I should wait.
UR waiting for what?: Stones in the gallbladder (gb) seldom cause symptoms unless they migrate into the neck of the gb (& block exit of bile) or into the common bile duct. Symptomless gallstones may be diagnosed by chance by imaging or during investigation for some other condition. Only 10% become symptomatic within 5 years of detection. Ultrasound, ct scan, mrcp finds stones; cck-hida scan can tell if gb is diseased. ...Read more
Having gallbladder attack but no gallstones noted last November on CT scan of abdomen. What else can cause an attack?
Gallstones: Sometimes gallstones are of lower density, similar to bile, and if they are small, they may be difficult if not impossible to visualize on CT scan. So you could still have gallstones. Ultrasound would be the beast way to visualize them. Functional gallbladder disease/gallbladder dyskinesia, without stones, could also mimic biliary colic. ...Read more
Would a CT scan show gallstones because my CT scan came back clear. Also, would a CT scan combined with urine tests and blood tests detect gallstones?
What is a good over-the-counter meds for nausea everyday I have with gallstones that CT scan showed? I want to work without drowsiness.
Per CT scan my gallbladder (GB) is filled with gallstones , gallstones within the neck of GB. no ductal dilatation. can I avoid surgery?
Pain in upper left abd. Radiating to back and upper mid abd. Gallbladder removed yrs ago. But feels like gallstone pain. Ibs? Hurts so bad.ct scan nor
Muscle spasm?: I have seen several people over the years also describing this associated with a "lump" that goes down with self massage. Sounds like a hernia, but proven many times not to be. Not the right location for a hernia either. The most likley cuse is intermittent muse (alprostadil) spasm, which can be treated with over the counter meds, massage, and maybe muscle relaxing meds. Ask your primary about this. ...Read more
Had CT scan done, they found gallstones. I haven't had time to go back to doctor, but I have lower back pain on left side. Can gallstones cause this?
gallbladder needs to be removed due to gallstones. A CT scan revealed a 3.5cm solid mass abuts the pancreas. they said no cancer but can't identify ?
Requires surveillanc: Any soft tissue mass which is growing can be due to cancer. A biopsy of such a mass is required before we can find out the nature of this mass. I would recommend an interval reevaluation with a repeat CT scan in 2 months time, in order to determine if it is growing in size. If it is not growing over 6 months, it is unlikely to be cancer. A PET scan can give an answer sooner, but it is costly. ...Read more
Possibly: The best gallbladder test is an ultrasound of the abdomen, and if there is concern for a blockage, a HIDA scan (pronounced hide-a) may be ordered. This HIDA scan will also show if the gallbladder is functioning normally. If there is abnormal function one can have symptoms even if no gallstones are present. CT can miss most of this, so its not ordered as a first test if gallbladder a concern. ...Read more
Would a CT scan of the chest abdomen and pelvis see something wrong with the gallbladder? And would it se gallstones present or previous? Had normal CT scan 2 weeks ago but I have bad pain right there
Yes: A ct scan will pick up most gallstones as well as thickening and swelling of the gallbladder and bile ducts. The only thing a ct scan does a lousy job with is detecting if the gallbladder has a hard time emptying bile. This can cause pain as well. You need a hida scan to detect this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will a CT scan show gallstones/ other gall bladder problems as well as stomach ulcers? What about a urine and blood test?
I was told I have a spasming gallbladder but the CT and ultrasound showed no gallstones or sludge. But I am still in pain in my right side.
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
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
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