What would an abdominal CT scan show that would not be seen on ultrasound of the liver/gallbladder/pancreas? My ultrasound was normal & doc wants ct.

More. The ct looks at more things in a different way than the us. Depending on your symptoms, it is just another way to evaluate for the cause of your problems.

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Normal abdominal CT, bloodwork for liver and pancreas function normal, I have no gallbladder, but pale stools for a week now. What else can it be?

You are unable. to store BILE the "coloring" agent for your stools! As time goes on the liver ducts will enlarge and some storage will return as will normal stool colors)! Hope this helps! Dr Z. Read more...

Which test would be more reliable in detecting gallbladder problems abdominal CT scan or ultrasound? Which can detect more conditions?

Both are good. This is an age old question. They are both good to look at gallbladder. Advantage of Ultrasound is faster and convenient. CT gives more information about pancreas and other structures in abdomen which are NOT visualized by US due to gas in the gut. I would say if you are ONLY looking at biliary tract and gallbladder start with US otherwise get CT. Read more...

Had an abdominal CT that said gallbladder had normal contrasted appearance. Would this CT show if I had gallstones or some other gallbladder problem?

Yes and no. CT is density dependent. We don't know if you have any. A CT scan may not pick them up. Secondary changes such as GB wall thickening, adjacent fluid etc would be. Ultrasound is usually the first step in evaluating the GB. If you and/or your PCP are concerned due to some symptom, referral to a surgeon may be appropriate. However in the absence of symptoms there is usually no indication for this. Read more...
Ultrasound. A CT scan can miss gallstones. An ultrasound would be more sensitive in finding them. Sometimes I have seen inflammatory changes of the gallbladder on the ultrasound but not the CAT scan or vice a versa. Read more...