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Had CT scan to look for kidney stones, do they check gall bladder & appendix also, or only look for kidney stones?
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Dr. Nirupama Vemuri
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
4 doctors agree
In brief: Most of them do
Most of the times, the radiology tech covers both abdomen and pelvis.
Some radiologists are thorough and read the entire abdomen including liver and gall bladder.Some are limited.

In brief: Most of them do
Most of the times, the radiology tech covers both abdomen and pelvis.
Some radiologists are thorough and read the entire abdomen including liver and gall bladder.Some are limited.
Dr. Nirupama Vemuri
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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
The scan images will most likely include images of other organs/structures around the kidneys, but the extent to which it does depends on whether they scanned your whole abdomen/pelvis or just focused on the kidneys.
To some extent it depends on whether they used contrast or not as well. The radiologist will generally comment on all organs seen in the scan, so ask your doctor what it says.

In brief: Depends
The scan images will most likely include images of other organs/structures around the kidneys, but the extent to which it does depends on whether they scanned your whole abdomen/pelvis or just focused on the kidneys.
To some extent it depends on whether they used contrast or not as well. The radiologist will generally comment on all organs seen in the scan, so ask your doctor what it says.
Dr. Christopher Dowd
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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Sounds like they did whole abd & pelvis, so your gallbladder & appendix are probably OK, based on a non-contrast CT. Although contrast can help show things better, it can also affect the kidneys in a negative way, so it's not always used. Sounds like on top of the pain, you're feeling understandably anxious. Not sure internet's going to help reassure.Talk w/ ur doc more or get another doc's opinio
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
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In brief: Not usually
Ct for kidney stones is usually done without injection of intravenous contrast.
Unless gall bladder shows calcified stones ultrasound, hida nuclear scan, and ct with contrast are better to evaluate gb. Appendix may be visualized. Usually intravenous contrast makes it easier to visualize the appendix and associated inflammation with certainty. Ultasound evaluates gb for stones and inflammation.

In brief: Not usually
Ct for kidney stones is usually done without injection of intravenous contrast.
Unless gall bladder shows calcified stones ultrasound, hida nuclear scan, and ct with contrast are better to evaluate gb. Appendix may be visualized. Usually intravenous contrast makes it easier to visualize the appendix and associated inflammation with certainty. Ultasound evaluates gb for stones and inflammation.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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