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Can I still have kidney stones even if they don't show up on a CT scan?

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
5 doctors agree

In brief: Small ones

Smaller than may be 5mm.

In brief: Small ones

Smaller than may be 5mm.
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Dr. Jason Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree

In brief: ? contrast

Small stones can be missed.
But if the ct was not a stone-protocol (i.e. Done with contrast) then stones may be missed.

In brief: ? contrast

Small stones can be missed.
But if the ct was not a stone-protocol (i.e. Done with contrast) then stones may be missed.
Dr. Jason Hemming
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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possible, not likely

Most kidney stones contain calcium and show up very clearly on ct scan.
Some, however, are made up of uric acid and don't show up directly. If they are blocking fluid from moving through the ureter, the ureter above the blockage will be stretched out or dilated, and this is easy to see on ct. So even though some stones don't show up, ones large enough to block the ureter can be detected.

In brief: Possible, not likely

Most kidney stones contain calcium and show up very clearly on ct scan.
Some, however, are made up of uric acid and don't show up directly. If they are blocking fluid from moving through the ureter, the ureter above the blockage will be stretched out or dilated, and this is easy to see on ct. So even though some stones don't show up, ones large enough to block the ureter can be detected.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Only tiny ones

Stones 3mm or greater should be visible on ct unless the "slices" are widely spaced.

In brief: Only tiny ones

Stones 3mm or greater should be visible on ct unless the "slices" are widely spaced.
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes, but

Kidney stones that do not contain calcium may not show up very well on a ct.
However, these would need to be very small, so whether they are clinically signifcant is questionable. If the ct says no stone, the chances are good that either there is no stone, or it is too small to be worrisome.

In brief: Yes, but

Kidney stones that do not contain calcium may not show up very well on a ct.
However, these would need to be very small, so whether they are clinically signifcant is questionable. If the ct says no stone, the chances are good that either there is no stone, or it is too small to be worrisome.
Dr. Edward Neilsen
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