What can an abdominal CT Scan reveal?

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EruditePaul
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   Posted 10/11/2007 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Abdominal CT Scan can be very expensive (can cost $5K).
 
Can abdominal CT Scan reveal (1) colon cancer (if present); (2) inflammation in the colon?
 
If we have colonoscopy technology, why do we need abdominal CT Scan anyway?
 
Thank you !
 

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   Posted 10/11/2007 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Earlier this year I ended up in the ER 3 different times for what I suspect were partial obstructions.  Each time they did Catscans.  They were looking for inflammation or an obstruction.  I think they help to look at more than just the colon, but also are able to see the small intestine too.

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JSG
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   Posted 10/11/2007 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I just had a CT scan to diagnose an abscess in my small intestine. 

Ides
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   Posted 10/11/2007 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
1) A CT scan cannot confirm colon cancer, only tell if there are signs that point to it. For example, I had a CT scan for what was thought to be diverticulitis. What caused concern to the radiologist and my primary was significant sigmoid colon thickening which can be an indicator of cancer. A colonoscopy revealed several polyps and diverticulum which probably caused the thickening on imagery.

2) A CT scan can definitely show inflammation in the colon and small bowel. However, it does not always show inflammation that is there. I had two CT scan within a 2 month period for what was thought to be cecal diverticulits. Both showed considerable inflammation at the cecum.

Abdominal CTs can show other things besides what you have listed. They are valuable diagnostic tools. Prior to CT, often the only way to determine the problem was to do an exploratory laparotomy.
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EruditePaul
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   Posted 10/12/2007 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Ides said...
1) A CT scan cannot confirm colon cancer, only tell if there are signs that point to it. For example, I had a CT scan for what was thought to be diverticulitis. What caused concern to the radiologist and my primary was significant sigmoid colon thickening which can be an indicator of cancer. A colonoscopy revealed several polyps and diverticulum which probably caused the thickening on imagery.

 

So if the CT scan shows normal colon (or the "colon is unremarkable" in their technical jargon).  We can pretty much rule out colon cancer, right?
 
Thanks again

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Currently being treated with TCM.

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