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What does it mean, when my chest CT scan shows that I have multiple patches of ground glass infiltrates, and should I be worried because my doctor isn?

What does it mean, when my chest CT scan shows that I have multiple patches of ground glass infiltrates, and should I be worried because my doctor isn?

Probably chronic: Usually these are findings due to prior swelling or infection in lungs; even based on where you grew up. We use stability on cts to confirm benign nature. Sometimes treatment w/ antibiotics considered. Biopsy considered with hi risk though age & smoking history important. ...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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What organs will a chest CT scan show with and without dye?

What organs will a chest CT scan show with and without dye?

There are: Different ways to perform a chest CT, depending on what your doctor is looking for. A "routine" CT will show lungs, mediastinum, aorta and great vessels, heart, ribs, upper abdomen, thoracic spine. ...Read more

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I have a Chest CT Scan and it shows a 1.4 cm low attenuation nodule. Should I be worried?

I have a Chest CT Scan and it shows a 1.4 cm low attenuation nodule. Should I be worried?

CT chest: You need to discuss with your physician. I am sure they will discuss this with you. Modules can be anything from being benign to cancerous. Unless the CT is put in a clinical context, it is difficult to answer this question with certainty. ...Read more

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Will COPD show up on a chest CT scan? My pulmonologist said the tissues look "normal".

Will COPD show up on a chest CT scan? My pulmonologist said the tissues look "normal".

Yes: Depending on the severity of the copd, it will show up on a ct scan. There can be emphysema and airway thickening which represents chronic bronchitis. However, the diagnosis of COPD is not made radiologically, but by pulmonary function tests which are much more sensitive. It would be unusual to see COPD in someone less than 40 years of age. Unless due to alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency. ...Read more

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Will a benign fatty tumor compounded by scoliosis near left rib cage show up on a chest ct scan? Feels like when I turn it wants to lock up on me.

Will a benign fatty tumor compounded by scoliosis near left rib cage show up on a chest ct scan? Feels like when I turn it wants to lock up on me.

Possibly: Ct scan could potentially show a lipoma, but it does not show soft tissues in the spine real well. A better test that readily demonstrates soft tissue structures is an MRI. ...Read more

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Chest CT scan shows "nonspecific subcentimeter mediastinal and right hilar lymph nodes" should this be repeated?

Chest CT scan shows "nonspecific subcentimeter mediastinal and right hilar lymph nodes" should this be repeated?

Usually not: Typically no - these are usually normal findings. But it depends on the whole clinical picture - only your doctor can decide if follow up is needed. ...Read more

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I am 57, 60 pd. Wt loss. Have had severe pain in chest. Ct scan shows a 5mm subpleural nodule in lll, 5mm in rul, 8mm higher in rul. What should I do?

FOLLOW ADVICE OF MD: We can not advice you as we don't have complete information about these three nodules. Most common cause of multiple nodules is cancer in other parts of body that has spread to the lungs. But there are many benign causes of multiple nodules like hemartomas, sarcoidosis, rhematoid nodules and wrgners granulomas, tuberculosis, nocardiosis fungal infections like aspergilosis, histoplasmosis, ;hydrated cysts. ...Read more

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Why might someone need a chest CT scan?

Why might someone need a chest CT scan?

Chest CT: Including but not limited to: 1) Abnormal chest xray, 2) Persistent clinical symptoms, 3) Smoking or other inhalational exposure where chronic lung disease or cancer is suspected, 4) Chronic lung disease/fibrosis of some other cause, 5) Cardiovascular abnormalities. Basically there are lots of reasons depending on your history or symptoms. Talk with your primary doc and your radiologist! ...Read more

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How old do you have to be to get a chest ct scan?

How old do you have to be to get a chest ct scan?

Chest CT: There is no age limit - the only issues is if you cannot stay still for good pics ...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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What kind of complications might happen from a chest CT scan with dye?

What kind of complications might happen from a chest CT scan with dye?

Allergy: The main risk is concern for an allergic reaction to the contrast dye. Damage to the kidney is also a big concern. The good thing is that the kidney can usually recover from this on its own with IV fluids and careful observation. ...Read more

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When you have a chest CT scan is it typical to do a set up lower dose scan before the actual scan? Or was I scanned twice? Scared about rad dose :\

When you have a chest CT scan is it typical to do a set up lower dose scan before the actual scan? Or was I scanned twice? Scared about rad dose :\

Yes,: The initial scan or "scout" is used to plan the actual scan. Otherwise there is no way other than guessing to determine whether the body part to be scanned is adequately covered, and there is also a danger of scanning more area than is actually necessary. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting cancer from a chest CT scan? I’m extremely worried.

What are the chances of getting cancer from a chest CT scan? I’m extremely worried.

There is little to w: There is very little reason to worry about Cancer from a CT scan. It is a safe procedure which is done in thousands of people every day. Unless you have had a ton of CT scans, there is No reason to worry about developing Cancer due to this procedure. It has been proven to be safe for all medical sues. ...Read more

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What is a ductus bump? Can it be easily misdiagnosed? If so, what other problems look similar on a chest CT scan?

Bump on vessel: A ductus bump is a "bump out" on the side of the arch of the aorta in the chest. It has a characteristic appearance on the ct scan so it is likely to be diagnosed correctly. Ask your doctor to show you the scan so that you both can make sure it is not a lymph node or small blood vessel that is running next to the aorta instead of a bump. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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