Had a fear of brain tumor for 7 months. Ct scan without contrast was clean. Would I be having severe symptoms by now if it was malignant?

Brain tumors aren't easily categorized into benign or malignant. Although the most aggressive type of brain tumor, glioblastoma, would likely be causing severe symptoms by now, there are other types of brain tumors that can be serious but not grow as quickly. The majority, however, would be associated with progressive symptoms during this time period. An MRI is the best test to evaluate potential masses in the brain.

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Why would my doc give me a CT scan for my brain tumor fears if it doesn't pick up tumors? (he said I have no symptoms of one...Which is true)

Fitst step. A ct is often the first step to check the brain because it is quicker and much cheaper than an MRI and easier on the patient in terms of claustrophobia and comfort. Although a ct might to find every type of small brain tumor it is likely to find most larger ones. A MRI would not be appropriate if there are no symptoms or exam findings of concern in most situations. Read more...
CT scans show tumors. Why do you have a fear of a brain tumor, if you say you have no symptoms of one? It is not true that ct scans do not show tumors. However, MRI scans usually reveal more than ct scans do. But MRI scans are much more expensive. Perhaps this is why ct scanning was chosen. Discuss this with your physician. Read more...

Can a CT scan also scan for brain tumors? I had a CT scan done a while ago to check my sinuses, but now I fear I may have a brain tumor. I was wondering if a doctor could look at the same CT scan to check for brain tumors.

No, . No, unfortunately a ct scan performed to evaluate the sinuses generally cannot be used to evaluate the brain for tumor. There are two reasons for this. First, the field-of-view of a sinus ct generally only includes the face and small portions of the front part of the brain; this view provides excellent evaluation of the sinuses but does not include the majority of the brain. Second, the computer algorithm used to reconstruct the images on a sinus ct emphasizes bony detail but this is suboptimal for evaluation of the brain. Read more...
Depends. It really depends on the technique used and to what extent the scan went. If it did not encompass the entire head, it will be inadequate. You should verify with your ordering physician. Read more...
Probably not. A ct of the sinuses wouldn't get much of a look at the brain. An MRI of the brain would be the best test for a brain tumor. Of course i don't know anything about you, but fearing you have a brain tumor is often separate from actually having one, fortunately. Read more...