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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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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I've had 3 CT scans. (full body) well over 25 chest x rays. And a hida scan. I'm only 18. What are the chances that it causes me to get cancer?

I've had 3 CT scans. (full body) well over 25 chest x rays. And a hida scan. I'm only 18. What are the chances that it causes me to get cancer?

Unknown: All o f the data we have is based on the japanese wwii nuclear bomb exposures. You should gtry to limit your exposure as much as possible but with lower level exposures we do not have direct correlations with the resultls of these exposures. ...Read more

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When would CT scan cancer effects show up? If i received too much radiation as a result of CT scans, when would the cancer potentially show up? Could i get canncer in 10-20 years because of CT scan radiation?

When would CT scan cancer effects show up? If i received too much radiation as a result of CT scans, when would the cancer potentially show up? Could i get canncer in 10-20 years because of CT scan radiation?

Delayed, high dose: In general, ct scans do not by themselves cause cancer. You would have to have had dozens upon dozens to risk the development of cancer. Having said that, when radiation induced cancers development, they are usually in the field of radiation, and usually are sarcomas (soft tissue malignancies). Based on your age, you would have to have had hundreds of cts in a short time 15-20 years ago. ...Read more

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I've had 3 CT scans, full body with contrast and well over 25 chest x rays. And a hida scan. I'm only 18. What are the chances that it causes me to get cancer?

I've had 3 CT scans, full body with contrast and well over 25 chest x rays. And a hida scan. I'm only 18. What are the chances that it causes me to get cancer?

Hard to say.: The answer is you have a greater risk of getting a cancer at some point in your life based on the whole body radiation exposure than you would have without that exposure but the actual risk is probably less than you fear. The studies on radiation exposure and cancer risk suggest a small increase in incidence with increasing dose. Your goal should be to minimize future radiation exposure. ...Read more

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Can having chlamidyia for a while when I was pregnant cause motor development problems for my child like having mental problem? Worried didnt know

Can having chlamidyia for a while when I was pregnant cause motor development problems for my child like having mental problem? Worried didnt know

Not an issue: Baby is protected by the fetal membranes from any invasion by chlamydia that may be in other areas of your genital tract. In fact the pregnancy likely prevented the germ from getting up to your tubes, where it could do some damage to your fertility.The fetus is only at risk from the germs that can enter your blood and slip in through the placenta.Chlamydia does not. ...Read more

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Will taking cocaine during pregnancy cause my child to have motor development problems?

Will taking cocaine during pregnancy cause my child to have motor development problems?

Possibly, and more: Cocaine causes constriction (narrowing) of blood vessels, including those that carry oxygen and nutrients to the placenta and fetus. Damage to the fetal brain can be the result of lack of oxygen or bleeding in the fluid-filled spaces of the brain. Cocaine can impair body and brain growth in the fetus as well as cause high blood pressure and its complications in the mother. Get help, please. ...Read more

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What causes motor development problems in a child with cerebral palsy?

What causes motor development problems in a child with cerebral palsy?

Loss of motor neuron: The brain has areas where the nerves that issue working signals to the muscles are located. For these nerves to grow and mature after conception, they need nutrients (oxygen, protein, carbohydrates) all brought to them by the normal flow of blood to their location. This is assured when blood flow in the placenta & brain is normal. Nerves die if nutrients are cut off, and this causes motor problems. ...Read more

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What can cause a sezieure in a child with normal blood work and normal cat scan?

What can cause a sezieure in a child with normal blood work and normal cat scan?

Reply: There are many different reasons for seizure in a child. Common ones include febrile seizure which can occur 6-36 months commonly due to high fever. Then metabolic derangement, heat stroke. Tumors, epilepsy syndromes, brain malformations. Ct scan is a good test to rule out intracranial bleeding, hydrocephalus, but MRI is better test to look for brain abnormality. ...Read more

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Will various x-rays and one cat scan in small child cause cancer?

Will various x-rays and one cat scan in small child cause cancer?

Probably not: Although all radiation is cumulative, diagnostic x-rays fall well within the safe level. If x-rays or cat scans are diagnostically necessary, the chance of damage from not being able to visualize the problem is much greater than the chance of damage from the necessary diagnostic modalities. ...Read more

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Before I adopt a child, is there a way to test a 2 year old for ADHD or other brain problems with a cat scan, mri, or any other way?

Before I adopt a child, is there a way to test a 2 year old for ADHD or other brain problems with a cat scan, mri, or any other way?

Probably not: Age 2 is far too young to be able to test for many of the disorders of concern to you, and scans are not going to help. Infant psychologists can estimate overall intelligence and functioning at this age, but that may be affected by the child's circumstances before adoption. They can pick up current problems but are not apt to be great at predicting future ones such as adhd. ...Read more

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Motor Development (Definition)

Motor development is the part of a person's development that includes learning to roll over, sit up, crawl, stand, walk; hold toys, pick up ...Read more