Ct Scan

CT (Computed tomography) scan is a diagnostic technique which uses computers and X-rays to produce cross-sectional images of the body parts like the head, shoulders, spine, heart, brain, abdomen, knee, and chest. A CT scan is more detailed than a standard X-ray as it also shows the soft tissues, blood vessels, bones. It is used for diagnosing diseases like infections, fractures, muscle disorders, tumors, and to guide surgeries and biopsies.

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Please go through my CT report and suggest the cause of my stomach pain.

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from stomach pain for 10 years with diarrhea and constipation. Also, there has been on and off liver pain and pain around my female area. I got married for 10 years. I had five healthy pregnancies and nine very early miscarriages in between for unknown reasons. I have a h...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is a small cyst like area in the right lobe of the liver. However, this should not be causing any pain or discomfort in the right upper abdomen. There is an evolving umbilical hernia and probably causing you to have abdominal distension. It is not something you sho...  Read Full »

What is appendiceal orifice tumor?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an abdominal CT scan with oral and IV contrast. However, the radiologist did not find my appendix on the scan. The CT scan was done, and my colonoscopy revealed that appendiceal orifice. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have thoroughly reviewed the CT abdomen scan images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is true that a typical appendix-like structure is not visualized in the given images. It can mean that your appendix is small and compressed by the adjacent ...  Read Full »

What does my CT scan reports of lung nodule indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, For lung nodules, in the last three years, I had three scans with different radiologists. I would like to get it checked by one radiologist for any actual growth or changes that would indicate cancer. Does the lung nodule getting bigger? Due to my low platelet count, a lung biopsy is mo...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi,  Welcome to icliniq.com. Generally, lung nodule (small tissue like growth) is suspected to be a cancer if it doubles in size between 1 and 18 months. As per CT scan done before four years, it measures approximately 2.0 x 1.5 cm (anteroposterior x transverse) with a calcification in it. As per C...  Read Full »

Can radiations from PET and CT scan affect other family members?

Query: Hello doctor, Over two years ago my eldest son was diagnosed with lymphoma. He had PET scans and CT scans. These started at the end of my last pregnancy and went on while my son was a newborn and infant. I do not remember him holding the baby, but he came home from scans and was around him. They...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your query in detail. Please find my observations below. Your baby is totally safe. There is radiation risk only when doing PET and CT scans. The risk is only to the patient, which means your eldest son in your case. Your newborn was never exposed to ...  Read Full »

My ultrasound showed appendicitis but CT without contrast was normal. Is the result reliable?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having pain in the right lower abdomen for 10 days. The ultrasound had shown mild inflammation of the appendix. Doctor then suggested a CECT whole abdomen. However, in the past, I have had difficulty keeping down the contrast they ask to drink. So the doctor advised CT Scan with I...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The appendix is a tubular structure measuring less than 5 mm in normal people. When there is appendicitis, the appendix enlarges to 8 to 10 mm or more in diameter. Ultrasound scan has an accuracy of 50 percent for appendicitis in most patients. You have been found wi...  Read Full »

I am diagnosed with mediastinal seminoma. Please interpret my reports.

Query: Hello doctor, Can you interpret this for me? Recently diagnosed with mediastinal seminoma and completed 3 BEP chemotherapy before five months.  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are some lymph node-like structures in the chest area which take up radiotracer, and it will help to study the complete series of images of your scan. A diagnosis of cancer always requires a biopsy. No treatment of cancer is justified without biopsy confirmatio...  Read Full »

Will a bowel infection get detected in a nuclear scan?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 70 year old female. My height is 165 cm (5'5") and weight is 70.3 kg (155 lbs). My current medications are Quinapril-HCTZ 20-25 mg and Diltiazem 24HR ER 120 mg. I am experiencing discomfort in the right buttock for the past one year. I had a total body nuclear scan done recently a...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your query and reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) in detail. Please find my observations below. The x-ray is always useful when reporting a CT scan. It provides a two-dimensional picture of the screw which is seen to be partly ...  Read Full »

Can a CT scan of the pelvis affect my eggs?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a lower GI and pelvic CT scan with contrast done at the age of 36 years. I fly a lot. I want kids. Did this scan harm my eggs or increase my chances of developing cancer? Nothing was found in the scan, and the MSV was 8.  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your query in detail. Please find my observations below. The contrast CT scan pelvis has exposed you to radiation of 8 mSv as recorded on the machine. For a 36 year old female patient, this means you are exposed to an additional cancer risk of 0.09 ...  Read Full »

How to calculate the radiation dose from three scout scans?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a CT scan of the chest and abdomen. What is odd about this scan is that the technician did three scout scans before the final helical scan, which made me uncomfortable because I do not know how much radiation I received in those scans. When I got the CD, I looked at the dose repo...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). From calculations, the total radiation dose received by you during the CT scan is likely 10 mSv. Please note that scout images give low dose and three scout images will not significantly increas...  Read Full »

What is the safety limit for CT scans?

Query: Hi, I am a 31 year old male. I would like to know how many CTscans - abdomen and pelvis are safe in a 2 months time. I have had CT scan abdomen and pelvis 2 months back in another city, but now a doctor here wants it done again as I do not have the reports. Is it safe? What is the safety limit for ...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Every CT scan abdomen and pelvis will give you a radiation exposure of approximately 14 mSv which means it gives a risk of 0.16 percent to develop cancer. This means 99.86 percent chance that it will not cause cancer. If you get another CT scan abdomen and pelvis done now...  Read Full »

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