Can CT scans detect diverticulosis?

Yes. Yes they can detect diverticulosis, and it is actually the test of choice for diverticulitis.
Yes. But diverticulosis in and of itself is not a problem(half the people over age 50 have some degree of diverticulosis.) it's only if they become infected (diverticulites)that it's a problem....Findings of diverticulites can also be seen on a ct scan. Hope this helps.

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Had 4 CT scans spread over 3 years, diverticulosis dx, rigid sigmoid to 35 cm, no evidence of cancer, but sympotomatic 3 years, cancer??

No Ca. At your age there is always an association of diverticular disease and Ca. The old motto is "if you leave the cancer alone it will grow on you" holds. After 3 years with no signs of progression of symptoms one would expect that any complaint is diverticular in origin. If it still persists, a rigid scope is not adequate which is why colonoscopy should then be considered. Read more...
Unlikely to be Cancer. Cancer in the Colon is uncommon under 40 years of age. So you should not worry about it. You have already had too much done to you. CT scan is not a good test for Colon Cancer. So I would not have done it one time, yet you have had it 4 times! What symptoms do you have? We can help you to control your symptoms now that you have had all this testing. Read more...

Bowel issues 3 years, 4 Ct scans over that time with oral contrast, sigmoidoscopy to 35 cm, only diverticulosis seen, chances of missed cancer?

Slim. in spite of the low chance of missing a cancer, a complete colonoscopy would examine the rest of the colon not visualized on sigmoidoscopy. CT is only fair to see colon cancers unless large because stool may get in the way. If you are still concerned then talking to your doctor may resolve these issues. Read more...

Lots of mucus in stool, pellety stool (at times stuck together), occaision blood. Had 4 CT scans over three years, nothing but diverticulosis. Cancer?

Cancer. I believe your problem is one of constipation as illustrated by your pellet like stools with occasional blood and mucus. Your constipation has probably led to your diverticulosis. a change to a high fiber consisting of fruits, vegetables, legume, beans, raisins, figs, dates, prunes and nuts plus high fiber cereals may be very helpful. As you can see I don't believe you have cancer. Read more...