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Does a CT scan show if there is an ectopic pregnancy?

Does a CT scan show if there is an ectopic pregnancy?

It's non-specific.: Ct findings are usually non-specific for ectopic pregnancies. Trans-vaginal ultrasound is generally the imaging modality of choice for ectopic pregnancy, along with a measurement of beta-hcg level to assist in diagnosis. In addition, it should be noted that ct exposes a possibly non-ectopic fetus to ionizing radiation, so it is not ideal as a diagnostic tool. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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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Can a 2 month ectopic pregnancy show up on a CT scan?

Can a 2 month ectopic pregnancy show up on a CT scan?

Yes possibly: Yes it would possibly but not always be visible on imaging such as ct scan. Ultrasound is better but even then an ectopic may not always be visible. ...Read more

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Will an ultrasound scan show wether or not my pain is an ectopic pregnancy?

It should: Ultrasounds are quite good at localizing ectopic pregnancies, or at least documenting empty uteri. ...Read more

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With 8 negative pregnancy tests, can a CAT scan detect pregnancy at 11 weeks while someone is on the pill?

With 8 negative pregnancy tests, can a CAT scan detect pregnancy at 11 weeks while someone is on the pill?

Save your money!: The best test for determining if you are pregnant is a lab test to measure HCG levels in your blood. It is a quick and simple test that can be ordered at your doctor's office. CT/CAT scans are contraindicated/not indicated if someone is possibly pregnant due to the radiation exposure involved in the test. ...Read more

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When can I take a pregnancy test? My period is do March 1-2. I have to get a Cat scan this Friday, I afraid I'm pregnant.

When can I take a pregnancy test? My period is do March 1-2.  I have to get a Cat scan this Friday, I afraid I'm pregnant.

Blood HCG : If you can postpone the CT till the following Friday, you can take a urine pregnancy test within few days from missing your period. Otherwise you may try asking for HCG blood level measurement on Thursday ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the cat scan during pregnancy affects the child's health in the future?

Can you tell me how the cat scan during pregnancy affects the child's health in the future?

It depends: There is no increased radiation exposure to the fetus unless there is direct radiation to the pelvis, i.e. a pelvic CT. If you had a pelvic CT, then any theoretical cancer/teratogenic risk to the fetus is related to the stage of pregnancy and the radiation dose. ...Read more

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Will a CT of the abdomen show a very early ectopic pregnancy?

Ultrasound is better: The best way to determine the presence of an ectopic pregnancy is: 1. A pelvic exam 2. Hcg levels that are rising abnormally 3. Ultrasound ultrasound is a far superior way to detect an ectopic, especially when it is very early. If it were seen on ct scan, then it is much further along and extremely dangerous. ...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


Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more