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Am a smoker, getting tar like patches in my sputum for 2 days, upper back pain with painful spots, chest CT normal, can this be cancer?

Am a smoker, getting tar like patches in my sputum for 2 days, upper back pain with painful spots, chest CT normal, can this be cancer?

Back pain: The diagnosis of cancer is typically suspected when there is clear abnormality in laboratory or imaging such as a ct scan. To fully confirm a true diagnosis of cancer, there needs to be a biopsy and review underneath a microscopic to show that there are tumor or cancer cells. There could be many causes of back pain aside from cancer, including coughing, pneumonia, muscle strain, or arthritis. ...Read more

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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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Pain in upper back with painful spots to touch b/w shoulder blades and spine, 1.5 months, chest CT normal. Am a smoker, can this be lung cancer

I doubt: With the normal chest ct, I do not think that it is lung cancer. Obviously, i strongly recommend you to quit smoking to decrease your risk from getting lung cancer in the future. Painful areas on your upper back could be caused by muskulo skeletal problems- such as arthritis, inflammation on the joint , soft tissue, disk, muscle problems etc. D/w your md further. Blood work, x-ray can be helpful. ...Read more

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CHEST CT said I have a 2mm lung spot that has not changed in 6 months. Not there in '09 and rad and onc said no concern. Possible lung met?

Current Guidelines: Current guidelines recommend 12 month follow up CT scan for incidental pulmonary nodule nodules less then 4mm in high risk patients over the age of 35. Reference is the Fleischner Society Recommendations ...Read more

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Chest CT scan as part of cancer screen.Showed a small spot at top of (or right above?) rt kidney!few of my drs r set on cancer somewhere, what could be

KIDNEY SPOT: The diagnosis truly depends on whether the spot is above or in the kidney. A ct of the abd. And pelvis may be nessesary to answer this and find the source. ...Read more

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Reg Chest CT showed 2mm lung spot that was there 6 months ago and unchanged. Prior CRC 1/09, HR for liver met 4/12. CEA is normal. What could be cause?

Reg Chest CT showed 2mm lung spot that was there 6 months ago and unchanged. Prior CRC 1/09, HR for liver met 4/12. CEA is normal. What could be cause?

Chest nodule: The good news is small. hasn't changes in 6 m & CEA normal Many tiny nodules are scars from prior infections. Standard protocol is to monitor with CT every 6 mos x 2 years and if stable not to worry. ...Read more

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Ct scan of pelvic abdomen showed 7mm lung spot on lower left lung dr now ordered a chest CT scan wondering why ?

Ct scan of pelvic abdomen showed 7mm lung spot on lower left lung dr now ordered a chest CT scan wondering why ?

To see the rest of: ...Your lungs. The abdominal study only shows about a third of your lungs. Your doc will need to see the rest to know what to do. Lung nodules are very common and the vast majority are benign scar(s). Most of the time we just use the ct to follow and make sure there is no growth. There are other tests (pet scan for example) that can be useful when there is concern for cancer. ...Read more

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Chest CT with contract vs caradic ct? Will the chest CT show blockages?

Chest CT with contract vs caradic ct? Will the chest CT show blockages?

No: Chest CT with contrast will not show blockages in the coronary arteries. Cardiac CT is specialized for evaluation of the blood supply to the heart. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a chest CT scan?

What are the risks of a chest CT scan?

If you keep it limit: There are none as long as it is without contrast . With contrast there is always a small risk of an allergic reaction. As long as the number of these scans is limited then the risks from radiation from the x-rays is very limited. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get lymphoma from one chest CT scan?

Is it possible to get lymphoma from one chest CT scan?

Not sure what you...: ...mean but if you are asking if the radiation exposure from just one CT scan is enough to cause cancer, I think that would be exceedingly unlikely. There are inherited traits that lead to increased cancer risk with radiation exposure but even then it would be a very rare occurrence. Cannot say it is impossible, though. That is why scans have to be ordered when truly necessary, not capriciously. ...Read more