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Will a CT scan show gallstones/ other gall bladder problems as well as stomach ulcers? What about a urine and blood test?

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Dr. Ryan Taylor
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and no

Ct is fairly good at evaluating the gallbladder for stones or infection/inflammation.
It is poor at evaluating the stomach for ulcers. This typically requires an upper endoscopy.

In brief: Yes and no

Ct is fairly good at evaluating the gallbladder for stones or infection/inflammation.
It is poor at evaluating the stomach for ulcers. This typically requires an upper endoscopy.
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Dr. Som Kohanzadeh
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possible

Gallstones may show on a ct scan but not always depending on the size and location and what they are made out of.
Some stones are radiopaque (show on ct) and some don't depending mostly on the calcium concentration. Also, newer ct scans may show some signs of stomach ulcers but not the best study. An upper endoscopy (camera in the stomach) is better for that. No urine test for gb. Yes blood tests.

In brief: Possible

Gallstones may show on a ct scan but not always depending on the size and location and what they are made out of.
Some stones are radiopaque (show on ct) and some don't depending mostly on the calcium concentration. Also, newer ct scans may show some signs of stomach ulcers but not the best study. An upper endoscopy (camera in the stomach) is better for that. No urine test for gb. Yes blood tests.
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Dr. Herbert Hoover
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: CT scan not best

A ct scan can can show gall stones but an ultrasound is a better imaging test for evaluation of the gallbladder. A ct scan might show a large gastric ulcer but an upper GI barium study or preferably an upper endoscopy is better to evaluate for gastric ulcers.
Urinary tests are usually not helpful but liver function blood tests should always be done to evaluate for gall bladder disease.

In brief: CT scan not best

A ct scan can can show gall stones but an ultrasound is a better imaging test for evaluation of the gallbladder. A ct scan might show a large gastric ulcer but an upper GI barium study or preferably an upper endoscopy is better to evaluate for gastric ulcers.
Urinary tests are usually not helpful but liver function blood tests should always be done to evaluate for gall bladder disease.
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Ct scan will show gallstones if calcified. And very few gallstones contain calcium , less than ten percent. Agree ultrasound is best study.
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