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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

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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 
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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

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What is the chance that a lung or pleural tumor be missed by a chest CT scan?

CT resolution: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/pulmonary-nodules

As above CT can note nodules as small as 1-2 mm which is quite small ( usually we worry if > 4 mm-rarely overlapping tissue can obscure-but radiologist are good at reading CT ). So do not worry . f/u /w / doc ...Read more

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Can I ask my doctor for a chest ct scan if I have a cough for a month?

Can I ask my doctor for a chest ct scan if I have a cough for a month?

You can ask...: ...but he/she may be constrained by the coverage criteria your health plan imposes for this study. ...Read more

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Would you see an enlarged right heart on a chest CT scan without contrast and CT scan x ray?

Would you see an enlarged right heart on a chest CT scan without contrast and CT scan x ray?

Yes if greatly enlar: An enlarged heart can be seen on X-ray or CT scan especially if it is greatly enlarged. However, the cause for the enlargement is usually not apparent by those means. An echocardiogram (ultrasound) usually does a better job. sometimes more specialized tests are needed. However, if this is the 1st time that an enlarged heart was detected, it is best to get it confirmed & identify the cause. GL & TY ...Read more

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Have a cold, having a chest CT scan without contrast on my lungs for previous breathing issues. Still ok to do?

Have a cold, having a chest CT scan without contrast on my lungs for previous breathing issues. Still ok to do?

Need more info: You might have COPD. Do you smoke? STOP IF YOU DO!! Are you seeing a pulmonologist. If not that is what I would suggest considering what you mention as "previous breathing issues". ...Read more

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Had a chest CT scan for breathing issues which was normal. Would you be able to see an enlarged right heart on a CT scan? I can see the heart.

Had a chest CT scan for breathing issues which was normal. Would you be able to see an enlarged right heart on a CT scan? I can see the heart.

CT: Yes you can identify enlarged heart. An MD should be able to tell you if such is the case. If you have the report and this is not mentioned there then likely not.

In addition quality of study also plays an important role in saying yes or no ...Read more

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Terrified I am going to get cancer from a chest ct scan I had 2 years ago at 30 yr old, had other X-rays in lifetime, but only 1 ct. Truly scared :(?

Terrified I am going to get cancer from a chest ct scan I had 2 years ago at 30 
yr old, had other X-rays in lifetime, but only 1 ct. Truly scared :(?

Wait to worry: You have very little if any reason to be terrified because you have had some X-rays done.Medical use of X-rays including a CT scan can not cause cancer so soon or ever... unless you have had more than 10 times the normal use of X-rays(most people can safely have 5 to 10 CT scans before any concerns for harm/cancer should arise). I hope this helps your Mind to rest in peace ...Read more

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Neurology question concerning a abnormal paraneoplastic panel i was told that my panel had abnormalities in it and that I should have a chest CT scan done and a lambert eaton test and a never conduction study as well. I went to the neurologist because my

Neurology question concerning a abnormal paraneoplastic panel i was told that my panel had abnormalities in it and that I should have a chest CT scan done and a lambert eaton test and a never conduction study as well. I went to the neurologist because my

Lambert-Eaton : Lambert-eaton syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder associated with abnormal antibodies to what are called voltage gated calcium channels. These are channels in the membrane of the nerve part of the nerve-muscle junction. When a signal travels along the nerve to a muscle cell the tip of the nerve makes contact with the muscle cell and forms what is called a neuro-muscular junction. A substance called acetylcholine (a neuro-transmitter) is released into the neuromuscular junction and attaches to receptors on the muscle. The acetylcholine then causes potential changes in the membrane and the muscle cell is activated. The role of the voltage gated channels are to allow for the release of the acetylcholine. If abnormal antibodies are attached to the channels, the acetylcholine can't be released. This results in les. Les is sometimes confused with myasthenia gravis, a condition in which other antibodies are attacking the receptor sites at the nerve muscle junction. Both conditions can cause muscle weakness because both affect the function of the nerve muscle junction. The vgcc (voltage gated calcium channel) antibodies are often seen in people with certain types of lung and thymus tumors sometimes long before the tumor is actually found. A chest ct scan would be done to look for a tumor. An EMG and nerve conduction test would help distinguish between les and mg.
There is an association between autoimmune disorders and les not related to small cell tumors of the lung. There are treatments available. It is good that you don't have ms. Good luck to you. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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