CT Scans


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Computed tomography (CT) Scans

An imaging technique in which cross-sectional x rays of the body are compiled to create a three-dimensional image of the body's internal structures.
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Q. I get bad headaches had ct scans and m.r.i. even sinus surgery, suffering 2yrs now, dizzness occurs too..

A. If all prior medical investigations turned out normal, and sinus surgery didn't help relieve your symptoms, I would suggest the reason for your headaches is probably migraine attacks, that can cause severe headaches, and no CT scan or MRI can diagnose them. The diagnosis is made clinically, by your doctor. Migraine headaches can be eased by proper medications, before and during an attack. You should consult a neurologist.

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Some machines that are used combine PET and CT scans.
Tsung noted: "Surgeons are becoming more comfortable using ultrasound for decision-making and that is a big change from reliance on CT scans.
Nevertheless, our new findings will remind doctors to order CT scans only when there is a definite medical reason, and to insist CT scans use the lowest possible X-ray dose.
CT scans can also decrease surgeries; CT scans for patients with abdominal pain reduced the number of unnecessary appendectomies in women aged 45 and younger from 42.
However, it is important that CT scans are only used when justified.
But they said that CT scans are lifesaving and the absolute risk of developing cancer is very small.
2009) retrospectively looked at radiation doses for the 11 most common CT scans at four institutions in the San Francisco Bay area.
4-5) Furthermore, bowel wall inflammation caused by infectious etiologies is well known to manifest as bowel wall thickening on CT scans.
Amy Berrington de Gonzalez of the National Cancer Institute projected that the 72 million CT scans conducted yearly in the U.
8) The aim of our study was to carry out a retrospective analysis of CT scans performed in the Radiology Department at Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein.
David Brenner of Columbia University, lead author of the study, estimates that a third of all CT scans are medically unnecessary.
In recent years, CT scans, in particular, have been promoted by some hospitals and advocacy groups for lung cancer screening, even though studies have not yet shown whether such screening saves lives.