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What can a pelvic CT scan show that an ultrasound doesnt?

What can a pelvic CT scan show that an ultrasound doesnt?

A few things: Better look at bowel, enlarged lymph nodes, areas of infection, and all the bones. Also better characterizes many abnormalities seen on ultrasound. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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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Does pelvic CT scan show kidneys?

Does pelvic CT scan show kidneys?

Not usually.: The kidneys are normally seen in the abdomen. However, they can be located in the pelvis. Occaisionally we'll see a part of the kidneys depending on where they're located on a pelvic ct scan. ...Read more

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Can an adbominal and pelvic CT scan show an enlarged prostate?

Can an adbominal and pelvic CT scan show an enlarged prostate?

Large prostate: Yes, the ct of the pelvis would typically include the prostate to assess enlargement. Large prostates are fairly common and may or may not have any negative impact on patients. If you have urinary issues, bleeding, or persistant bowel problems, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Would an ovarian cyst show up on a pelvic CT scan?

Would an ovarian cyst show up on a pelvic CT scan?

See answer: While ct can certainly identify an ovarian cyst, usually endovaginal us is better suited for this purpose. ...Read more

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What can a hip/pelvic CT scan show that a MRI cannot? (dr ordered bilateral hip/pelvic CT scan 2x45min in machine-worried about radiation)

The CT: Gives fine detail about the bones of the pelvis and hips. If your doctor is worried about arthritis or femoral-acetabular impingement this may give more information. Best to ask your doctor and relay your concerns. ...Read more

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Why CT scan show different result to unltrasound for pelvic mass?

Strength of modality: Ultrasound (us) is 1st line for adnexal masses, better to say B9 or not, non-ionizing radiation. Depends if vaginal or abdominal. Ct is not as specific as us but better if non-pelvic origin, used to evaluate spread. ...Read more

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What does a CT scan of abdomen and pelvis show?

What does a CT scan of abdomen and pelvis show?

Shows: All abdominal and pelvic structures. See radiologyinfo. Org for good info. ...Read more

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Will CT scan abdomen pelvis show ulcer?

Will CT scan abdomen pelvis show ulcer?

Possible,: Maybe, but an upper GI series with barium is better, and endoscopy is the best way to look for an ulcer. ...Read more

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I have pelvic pain. I have also gained 20 pounds in 6 months. I had CT scan and ultra sound nothing shows. I had urine infection and I have ibs?

What question: I'm not sure what your question is. There are a lot of causes for weight gain including thyroid problems and diet and exercise changes. It's great that the CT and ultrasound are normal but a full history and exam are necessary to diagnose the pain not just imaging. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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CT scan shows I have a cystic teratoma/dermoid cyst with an additional 3.5 cm rounded fluid attenuation mass within R pelvis abutting the above mass.

Sorry to hear it. Q?: I'm sorry to hear the scan report. It seems like you could use some support in making sense of all this. Most importantly, do you have symptoms? I don't see a question posed, so please specify what is worrying you about the CT scan report. A teratoma is a (usually) benign tumor or growth. Fluid around the teratoma ("abutting the mass") is not unusual, & could also be b9. TTYD or use HealthTap Pr ...Read more

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What DES an abdominal pelvis cat scan show?

What DES an abdominal pelvis cat scan show?

CT scan: Typically everything in the 'belly' - liver, lower parts of the lung, stomach, pancreas, spleen, adrenal glands, gall bladder, small & large intestines, kidneys, gynecologic structures, bladder, prostate, - & all th muscles & bones in that region. ...Read more

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What will barium cat scan show of pelvis/ abdomen?

What will barium cat scan show of pelvis/ abdomen?

Solid/hollow organs: Barium outlines GI tract; IV contrast helps outline solid organs. Expect to get views of stomach, duodenum, small bowel, colon, rectum; liver, spleen, , gall bladder/bile ducts, pancreas, adrenals, kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate or uterus, tubes, ovaries, vagina, lymph nodes, arteries, veins, assorted muscles. Generally get a view of diaphragm, lower lungs, pleura, spine, pelvis. More stuff. ...Read more

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What will barium cat scan show of pelvis/ abdomen?

What will barium cat scan show of pelvis/ abdomen?

The pelvis & abdomen: All structures from diaphragm to groin will be visualized by a contrast ct scan. Consuming oral contrast distinguishes gut from surrounding structures; IV contrast better delineates solid organs. Even blood flow, neurologic impingement, hernias, etc. Are made apparent by ct, typically to a resolution of about 5mm. ...Read more

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Hypothetically if somebody had melanoma on their lower back and had a CAT Scan of abdomen and pelvis 4 other reasons. Would melanoma show up on CAT?

Hypothetically if somebody had melanoma on their lower back and had a CAT Scan of abdomen and pelvis 4 other reasons. Would melanoma show up on CAT?

It could: Potentially show up on an abdomen/pelvis CT, depending on the size. There are no specific features of melanoma on CT, so, if small, it would look the same as the myriad of benign nevi, keratoses, cysts, etc... that are so common, and might not be mentioned as a relevant finding in the report. ...Read more

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Would an pelvic ultrasound, transvaginal ultrasound or cat scan show up a miscarriage?

Would an pelvic ultrasound, transvaginal ultrasound or cat scan show up a miscarriage?

Ultrasound: A combination of ultrasound (either transabdominal or transvaginal), B-hcg levels, and clinical information are used to diagnose a miscarriage. CT is not used because of its ionizing radiation. ...Read more

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Adhesions kidney, bladder surgeries years ago Now, bad pain left flank to pelvic bone. Dizzy, fatigued. Can adhesions grow? Show up on CAT scan?

Adhesions kidney, bladder surgeries years ago Now, bad pain left flank to pelvic bone. Dizzy, fatigued. Can adhesions grow? Show up on CAT scan?

Adhesions: Adhesions do not grow. They are almost impossible to see on CT-Scan unless they are significantly large. Sometimes you can make out the locations because the bowel looks abnormal on special bowel exams. If you suspect adhesions then you must be evaluated fully - the risk if you leave it and it is adhesions is incomplete bowel obstruction that can cause complete obstruction. ...Read more

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Do you need a pelvic CT scan to see intestines?

Abdomen AND pelvis.: The large and small bowel are seen in both the abdomen and pelvis. So to fully evaluate the GI tract, you need both. ...Read more

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Can a pelvic ct scan affect sensibility to the penis?

Can a pelvic ct scan affect sensibility to the penis?

No: Neurologic compromise from radiation requires doses at least hundreds if not thousands of times higher than CT. Also high dose radiation burns the skin before it kills nerves. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a pelvic CT scan to not detect a tumor in the rectum? How likely is that?

Diagnosing rectal ca: Some symptoms may be due to benign conditions and are not necessarily cancer. Pelvic ct scans are routinely used to detect rectal cancers, but small cancers may escape detection. A qualified physician should perform a physical exam and order additional tests, usually a combination of scans, blood tests (including tumor markers), plus colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Is it possible a pelvic CT scan could miss a small tumor in rectum? Gi felt a fullness is left rectum but only tilted pelvis was seen on CT scan.

Can miss: A pelvic CT scan is designed to define structures in the abdomen pelvis such as the small bowel and colon but not to define their content within the lumen of the bowel. As such when such a luminal (phenobarbital) lesion is noted it is large and bulges within the bowel to distort the structure of that segment of bowel. Small intraluminal (phenobarbital) lesions are easily missed and require colonoscopy to be recognized. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause a CT scan not to be able to see my pelvic organs?

Depends on organ: Ct of pelvis can not see ovaries very well. Usually uterus can be visualized. Bladder and rectum are ordinarily seen. Mr and ultrasound are better for uterus and ovaries. ...Read more

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If dr orders a CT scan of abd/pelvic w/contrast an without, I can see it being done with contrast but what's the purpose of having it also without?

If dr orders a CT scan of abd/pelvic w/contrast an without, I can see it being done with contrast but what's the purpose of having it also without?

Several reasons: Most of the time, IV contrast is all you need for ct a/p. In some cases, it may be necessary to do both (and sometimes delayed images, too) to fully characterize something (e.g., some adrenal nodules, certain kidney or liver problems). There is added radiation each time you scan, so it is worth asking whether it is necessary for your problem. That said, it is common to do multiple phases. ...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