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What is the likelihood that I could die from oral and IV contrast for an abdominal CT scan. I'm terrified and I don't know why. Please help.

Discuss with doc. These dyes have had enormous clinical use and rarely cause any problems. The only risk is ultra rare sensitivity which usually occurs in those who have had exposure to these in the past. Discuss with your doctor who will be administering these to you to put you at ease. You might need some pre-test anti-anxiety medication. Read more...

What would an abdominal CT scan show that an US wouldn't? RUQ discomfort under ribs. Had liver bloodwork 4 months ago, all normal. US came back normal

Rib fractures. CT could show a variety of things not seen on an US. The most likely would be rib fractures. Also, a CT is likely to note more suble changes of inflammation, and lymph adenopathy. Plus, the CT should provide a nice look at the pancreas which is often difficult to see on US. Read more...

Abdominal CT scan with oral contrast. What will this show?

Several things. Can be seen on ct scan. The oral contrast helps deliniate some of the intestinal findings. Other organs are also seen such as liver, pancreas, gallbladder, aorta, lymph nodes, kidneys, urinary bladder, uterus or prostate, vertebral column, etc. Some structures are seen better than others. Read more...

How long should you wait after an abdominal CT scan to drink?

Depends. On why the ct scan is being done. Do not know if you mean drinking fluids like water & juice which are fine right after the radiology study is completed unless there are concerns of bowel obstruction. If you mean drinking alcohol then that depends mostly on why the ct scan was being done. Ask the radiologist or your doctor ordering the study. Read more...

Is there anything that can be mistaken for an accessory spleen in an abdominal CT scan?

Lucky you-you got 2. There is probably a long list of very rare things--but accessory (extra) spleens are not uncommon and most radiologists are comfortable is identifying them. Never know when an extra spleen might come in handy. Read more...
Yes. Several things can including a lymph node. Read more...

Is it safe to have both lumbar xray and abdominal CT scan with just a 3-week interval?

Yes. The abdominal x-ray ha very low radiation exposure. The ct scan, depending on the make and model has about the equivalent of 250 chest x-rays. Radiation exposure is cumulative, so it adds up no matter when you have the studies. There are many patients with multiple ct scans and the risk of problems with a single ct scan and x-ray is exceedingly low. Read more...
Not dangerous. The info provided on the chart if you go to the link below should be very helpful. It will show you the radiation dose for many different radiology exams. http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/safety/?pg=sfty_xray in general, the risk from the two exams you mention is very low. Read more...
Is very safe. As a one time event this is an extremely safe combination. Read more...

I had abdominal CT scan which was negative & a hida scan done with eject frac rate of 40%.Now my pcp is referring me to gastro dr. What cud be reason?

Further. Evaluation with a specialist to help identify possible causes of your abdominal pain, since the other tests you listed are normal. May recommend endoscopy with biopsies to evaluate stomach for bacterial infection, gastritis, ulcers, etc. Read more...
HIDA with CCK. Ejection fraction is borderline low, depending on the exact technique. Your pcp is referring you to a specialist because your symptoms do not have a readily determinable cause - that is why medical specialties exist - to help diagnose and treat the patients with unusual symptoms or conditions. Read more...
You do not need surg. With normal ejection fraction there is no need for surgery you have to find some other cause. Read more...
See your doctor. Many things can cause upper abdominal pain other than the gallbladder including gastritis or peptic ulcer, pancreatitis (usually will show something on a ct), or even musculoskeletal strain. See your doctor to help sort out the different possibilities. In our lab a gallbladder ejection fraction over 35% is considered normal. Read more...