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I just read results of a recent CT scan and it says that I have one or two (?) small periaortitic nodes that are sub pathologic in size? I

I just read results of a recent CT scan and it says that I have one or two (?) small periaortitic nodes that are sub pathologic in size? I

Lymph nodes: Are normal anatomic structures. If the nodes identified on your CT are normal in size/shape (that's what it sounds like), they are likely of no concern. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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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Had a CT scan reading results I don't understand some of it. Like it says almost all of it says unremarkable what do as that mean? Incidental bilateral

Had a CT scan reading results I don't understand some of it. Like it says almost all of it says unremarkable what do as that mean? Incidental bilateral

CT report: Sorry, but you do not provide enough specific information. "almost all of it says unremarkable" means nothing of any significance to comment on, ie, normal. "incidental bilateral" means the reader saw something that was most likely unimportant but also not expected or requested to be looked for at the time of the initial request. Do speak to the doctor who ordered the scan. ...Read more

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How to read a CT scan report?

How to read a CT scan report?

Your doctor: Your doctor should help you understand your report. Unless you went to medical school or have other medical training, the vocabulary used in most reports will be very confusing, and even using a medical dictionary may not fully explain what the radiologist is trying to communicate. ...Read more

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Ct scan of head but no results. Shouldn't they read it daily?

Ct scan of head but no results. Shouldn't they read it daily?

Yes: Generally scans are read within 24 hours. If it is a emergency ct it should be read immediately to rule out a stroke or bleed. The scan may have been read and sent to your doctor who has the results. ...Read more

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Reading a CT scan report. What does unopacified vasculature and decreased enhancement mean?

Reading a CT scan report. What does unopacified vasculature and decreased enhancement mean?

Technical: Usually during a CT scan, a contrast agent is injected intravenously. That agent is seen primarily in blood vessels. Unopacified vasculature means blood vessels which do not contain contrast, either because none was administered, or because there is diminished blood flow into those vessels. Decreased enhancement means that the area described doesn't appear in high contrast on the CT scan. ...Read more

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What could cause circumferential thickening of the bladder wall? Ct scan said mine was 8mm...I read that this is above norm. Is that true?

What could cause circumferential thickening of the bladder wall? Ct scan said mine was 8mm...I read that this is above norm. Is that true?

Upper limit: Of normal for bladder thickness is 5-6 mm. Thickening can occur from multiple causes. From your symptoms I would suspect increased internal bladder pressure from prostate enlargement (causing the wall to thicken) or inflammation/infection of the bladder (cystitis). A urologist can help sort this out. ...Read more

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I had a CT scan done about two weeks ago and I got a copy of the results. It read that I had air-fluid in my small bowels and colon. What is that?

I had a CT scan done about two weeks ago and I got a copy of the results. It read that I had air-fluid in my small bowels and colon. What is that?

Gas & fluid: It is usually normal to see some air and fluid in the bowels. It also depends on why you had the study done in first place. There are conditions where this becomes important so discuss the results with your doctor ...Read more

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My niece had a CT scan after having horrible headaches. The results read "calcification" What does this mean?

Calcium deposits: A calcification is just the presence of an area on the scan that has the density of calcium. It usually means that area was injured in some way and the bodies response was to lay down this dense material. It is not a favorable finding, but the location and amount may point to a specific cause. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my niece had a CT scan after having horrible headaches. The results read "calcification"?

There are a: Number of things that can calcify in the head, so the significance of the calcification depends on what is calcified. It may be incidental and of no concern, but check the report for the details. ...Read more

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I had a CT scan during an ER visit. After reading the report it read: " the appendix is visualized and is unremarkable, except I have no appendix!?

I had a CT scan during an ER visit. After reading the report it read: " the appendix is visualized and is unremarkable, except I have no appendix!?

Maybe NOT visualized: I assume you had an appendectomy? It is certainly possible that the radiologist said not visualized in his/her dictation but not transcribed accurately. Mistakes do happen, even the best of us still make mistake. The world unremarkable is reassuring when it comes to ct/xray interpretation. If you have further concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had a CT scan of my neck and the one result I just don't understand. It reads as follows "lymph nodes present which is homogeneous in attenuation an?

Looks like your: Question got cut off. "Homogeneous attenuation" essentially means that there is uniform density of the structure. Normal or abnormal lymph nodes can have homogeneous attenuation, so that characteristic by itself doesn't determine whether the node is abnormal. ...Read more

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Read that most liver and kidney cysts appear in people over age 50, so why do I have them at age 35?? (found incidentally on CT scan)

Read that most liver and kidney cysts appear in people over age 50, so why do I have them at age 35?? (found incidentally on CT scan)

Who knows?: These are one of the minor mysteries of medicine. When they occur together at a young age, I've thought perhaps it's a minor variant at the genetic locus for polycystic kidney disease (which often features liver cysts). It's not worth even thinking about. Older folks get more kidney cysts because of vascular changes (maybe) and mutations (maybe). Or it could be dumb luck. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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I read head ct scan cause cancer is that true? And when should the cancer appear if I did it about 8 years ago I'm 21 now

I read head ct scan cause cancer is that true? And when should the cancer appear if I did it about 8 years ago I'm 21 now

CT cancer: All radiation is a risk factor for cancer. Including walking in the sun. It is impossible to answer your question in an individual. Risk is cumulative the more x-rays (or sun) the greater the risk. Would worry about other things. ...Read more

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How risky is an abdominal CT scan for a 34 year old male? Starting to get nervous after reading a lot of material online.

How risky is an abdominal CT scan for a 34 year old male? Starting to get nervous after reading a lot of material online.

Very safe: Ct of abdomen is very safe, radiation exposure is negligible, if contrasts are used, only worry is reaction to contrast material. ...Read more

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Dr said mono. Left supraclavicular lymph node swollen several weeks. Had ct scan, all ok. Worried as read those lymph node are bad when swollen.

Biopsy Virchow's Nod: The L supraclavicular node is particularly worrisome. Due to the drainage of the lymphatic system, Virchow's node (as it is known) is commonly the first node that enlarges in cancers of the chest, abdomen, legs, & left arm. Scans can be negative & miss cancer, especially since they are anatomical scans, not functional ones (small cancers can be missed). Biopsy or PET recommended. TTYD or HT Prime. ...Read more

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I got CT scan done today, report reads left maxillary sinusitis seen. I get headaches everyday, even when I don't have cold. How can I reduce them?

I got CT scan done today, report reads left maxillary sinusitis seen. I get headaches everyday, even when I don't have cold. How can I reduce them?

Sinus headaches: Sinus headaches are likely to be secondary to nasal allergies, you need to get these under control to stop developing recurrent sinus infections, you need a nasal spray. If you have an allergist around you, you should see one. ...Read more

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I read in articles that the dye used for a contrast abdominal/renal CT scan can cause many severe side effects including renal damage/failure. True?

I read in articles that the dye used for a contrast abdominal/renal CT scan can cause many severe side effects including renal damage/failure. True?

True: IV contrast can cause severe allergic reactions in some people, especially those allergic to iodine or shellfish. IV contrast is removed from the body by the kidneys. If one is dehydrated or has baseline kidney dysfunction, administration of contrast may worsen kidney function, leading to temporary or permanent kidney failure ...Read more

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I have been reading about danger of CT scan and the cancer risk later in life. I had one chest ct. Is it possible to get cancer later from that CT?

I have been reading about danger of CT scan and the cancer risk later in life. I had one chest ct. Is it possible to get cancer later from that CT?

Not likely: We are all exposed to radiation all the time in low amounts. Ct scans do expose a person to small amount of radiation, but these tests provide a lot of useful information. It is not likely that you will get cancer, that you were not going to get otherwise, by having one ct. ...Read more

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AST (23) is greater than ALT (20) which I read means cirrhosis, but fibroscan was normal and contrast CT scan showed nothing? What's going on?

AST (23) is greater than ALT (20) which I read means cirrhosis, but fibroscan was normal and contrast CT scan showed nothing? What's going on?

As I read it...: ...your AST and ALT are normal, which accounts for why your fibroscan and CT scan showed nothing. Your stated concern about the AST/ALT ratio may have validity if/when the AST and ALT values are unequivocally abnormal. ...Read more

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42 & female. Bibasilar pul fibrosis by CT scan 11/2010. Er doctor didn't seem concerned. Reading on this & is this fatal?

42 & female. Bibasilar pul fibrosis by CT scan 11/2010. Er doctor didn't seem concerned. Reading on this & is this fatal?

More info: I would start by seeing a doctor who gives more information. You probably need to have more testing before deciding how much to worry and how it needs to be treated. ...Read more

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My face feels hot to touch but thermometer reads 98.7 I also have a headache, any ideas? I went to ER last night for headache but after a normal head CT scan n some meds I was sent home onmigrainemeds

My face feels hot to touch but thermometer reads 98.7 I also have a headache, any ideas? I went to ER last night for headache but after a normal head CT scan n some meds I was sent home onmigrainemeds

Migraine: It is possibly a migraine. Migraine headaches are triggered by certain foods like msg, soy sauce, nitrites or nitrates, citric drinks, peanuts, chocolate, alcohol, yeast products, onion and cheese. Stress, poor sleep and certain medications can aggravate the headaches. Check with your doctor to make sure your thyroid is in good shape. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I had a CT scan that read I had a few shotty mesenteric lymph nodes in my right lower abdomen quadrant. All tests came back neg what could this be?

I had a CT scan that read I had a few shotty mesenteric lymph nodes in my right lower abdomen quadrant. All tests came back neg what could this be?

It is a: Non specific description of the lymph nodes. There are numerous conditions that could cause mildly enlarged lymph nodes. It also may be that they are normal for you. A more precise description of the lymph nodes, e.g. the size and number of them, might be more useful. In any case, it is likely that they are of no concern, but speak to your doc about it. ...Read more

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Radiologist read my pelvic CT scan incorrectly I went in to ER for very bad pelvic pain and back aches. They ordered a no contrast CT scan of pelvis. The first CT scan report read right ovary is larger than left (i don't have a left) with somewhat heterog

Radiologist read my pelvic CT scan incorrectly I went in to ER for very bad pelvic pain and back aches. They ordered a no contrast CT scan of pelvis. The first CT scan report read right ovary is larger than left (i don't have a left) with somewhat heterog

It: It can be very difficult to tell much about soft tissue structures like the ovary without contrast. Still, it sounds like there may be a discrepancy in the interpretations, so a follow-up study would be in order. The best way to look at the uterus and ovaries is with ultrasound.

The round and broad ligaments are normal structures, by the way, so the fact that they are seen is of no concern. ...Read more

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I had a CT scan of my brain. The results read I had small lucunar infarct left basal ganglia small vessel ischemic disease... What do I have? It started with a headache on my right temple for the last 6 months, doctor sent me to physical theapy, but did

I had a CT scan of my brain. The results read I had small lucunar infarct left basal ganglia small vessel ischemic disease... What do I have? It started with a headache on my right temple for the last 6 months, doctor sent me to physical theapy, but did

Small strokes: A small lacunar infarct refers to a stroke from occlusion of a small blood vessel. Small vessel ischemic disease refers to a chronic process whereby the small blood vessels become smaller and smaller over time and cause tiny strokes in certain brain tissues. Typical risk factors are chronic hypertension, smoking and diabetes mellitus. These small strokes can be significant when they accumulate. ...Read more

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I had a cat scan today, I was sent home as dr said I was fine. But when I read my report it says:minimal pleural-based modularity right lower lobe?

I had a cat scan today, I was sent home as dr said I was fine. But when I read my report it says:minimal pleural-based modularity right lower lobe?

Incidental finding: It probably says minimal pleural-based nodularity. This is likely an incidental finding of the ct scan that almost certainly is nothing to worry about in the long run. Having said that, many recommend followup imaging for these nodules in 3-6 months to make sure it is not growing. I would check with your physician what the appropriate followup, if any, is. ...Read more

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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