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Had CT scan for brain tumor or bleed friday afternoon. Will I have to agonize all weekend? Is no news good news or was it just too late on a friday?

Had CT scan for brain tumor or bleed friday afternoon. Will I have to agonize all weekend? Is no news good news or was it just too late on a friday?

Don't assume: One would hope for a call, but lack of one doesn't mean anything--so don't read too much into it. Medical staff can drop the ball and leave patients in the dark, especially late on a friday afternoon. Definitely call the office monday morning to be sure. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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What is a CT scan (brain) used for?

What is a CT scan (brain) used for?

See the brain, skull: While xrays show the bones, a ct is sensitive enough to see the brain and its structures. Ct is vers useful to see blood, abnormal fluid collections, masses, areas of old or subacute stroke. The skull, sinuses, scalp and facial bones, eyes, mouth are also seen. Mri is even more sensitive for visualization of the brain and other soft tissue structures and may be required if the ct is positive. ...Read more

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Why would they want CT scan of brain?

Why would they want CT scan of brain?

Many reasons: There are many reasons to order a ct scan of the brain. Too numerous to list here. But i'm guessing your doctor has some clinical suspicion a process in the brain is responsible for your symptoms and is using a ct head to help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Should we CT scan the brain for dizzyness?

Should we CT scan the brain for dizzyness?

MRI is the: Single best imaging test. It should be performed without and with contrast. However, there are some physical diagnostic tests that may provide an answer. ...Read more

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Can Ct Scan damage brain , effect activity of brain?

Can Ct Scan damage brain , effect activity of brain?

No: The x ray radiation in a CT has no measurable or known effect on neural tissues. 1) dose is way too low and 2) nerves are relatively radioresistant since the cells don't reproduce very fast, if at all. There is a theoretical risk of cataracts and cancer years later, but this is incredibly small esp. for a single scan and controversial anyway. ...Read more

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Just had a CT scan of brain. What do patchy areas mean?

Just had a CT scan of brain. What do patchy areas mean?

Of what?: Patchy areas means that there area scattered areas of something on the scan. Usually in a head ct it will be patchy areas of white matter low attenuation/density. This finding is usually associated with aging and vascular disease but if it is in you and you're 26 then it is not normal aging and could be something like multiple sclerosis. Find out what it actually says though. ...Read more

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What does a CT scan of the brain without contrast show?

What does a CT scan of the brain without contrast show?

Some things: CT scan of brain without contrast shows basic anatomy of brain, gray white matter differentiation, ventricles, and physiologic calcifications.Ventricles enlarged/ hydrocephalus, mass effect with displacement of normal structures, some bleeding,abnormal calcifications in tumors or old subdural hematomas, fractures.CT with contrast adds enhancement of certain lesions not seen,hyper/hypo vascular. ...Read more

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What could be wrong if a CT scan shows brain abnormalities?

What could be wrong if a CT scan shows brain abnormalities?

CT sees many things: Ct is most commonly used to look for a stroke, bleed, cancer or traumatic injury. Ct can see many other things which are too numerous to list. ...Read more

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Abnormality found on brain in ct scan. What could this mean?

It could be: Any of 100 different diagnoses. It depends on where in the brain, whether it involves the gray matter or white matter or cerebrospinal fluid chambers. We'd need more detail to comment. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Korona
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Ct Scan (Definition)

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


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more