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White Spots On Chest Ct Scan
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
Computed tomography is also known as CT scan. 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abnormal results and they wanted me to get a chest CT scan. I haven't had the CT done yet, but they said my white blood cell was low. Is this normal, should I be concerned?
Slight: Low counts may be normal, more profound levels may be of concern. If that's the case, should see hematologist. Good luck! ...Read more
Risks include....: Radiation imparted to the body as a part of the scan. 1 ct scan of the chest is the equivalent of about 5, 000 chest x-rays. This sounds like a high number, but in reality, if you only receive 1 ct scan, the overall risk of developing cancer or other complications is very low. The information gained from a ct scan versus a single chest x-ray is much greater and can aid in diagnostics. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Extremely low: The radiation dose from one cat scan is pretty low by itself. If you were having multiple cat scans for many years that would be more dangerous from a radiation standpoint. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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