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Dr. Robert Bennett
Board Certified, Urology
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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

Dr. Robert Bennett
Board Certified, Urology
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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

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Dr. Andrea Brand
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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Ct scan of pelvic abdomen showed 7mm lung spot on lower left lung dr now ordered a chest CT scan wondering why ?

Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
26 years in practice
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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 more

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Dr. Andrea Brand
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Dr. Martin Morell
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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?

Dr. Martin Morell
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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

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Dr. Eric Ernest
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What are the risk of chest CT scan?

Dr. Eric Ernest
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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What are the risk of  chest CT scan?

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

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Dr. Andrea Brand
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Dr. Jean Jeudy
Board Certified, Radiology
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Why might someone need a chest CT scan?

Dr. Jean Jeudy
Board Certified, Radiology
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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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Dr. Joseph Racanelli
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What is the risk of getting leukaemia from one chest CT scan?

Dr. Joseph Racanelli
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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 more

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Dr. Frederick Shieh
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What kind of complications might happen from a chest CT scan with dye?

Dr. Frederick Shieh
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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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Dr. Michael Gabor
Board Certified, Diagnostic Radiology
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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 :\

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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 :\

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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Dr. Michael Gabor
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What organs will a chest CT scan show with and without dye ?

Dr. Michael Gabor
Board Certified, Diagnostic Radiology
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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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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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Is it possible to get lymphoma from one chest CT scan?

Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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Is it possible to get lymphoma from one chest CT scan?

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

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