I had several ct scans done at one time. Neck, pelvis, abdomen, and chest.
The report on the chest Ct has nothing about lungs or respitory only mentions liver, spleen,pancreas, gallbladder and kidney.
Shouldn't there be mention of lungs or heart somewhere in that report?
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replied June 24th, 2013
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Usually, a CT scan of the lungs is done to look for nodules. The CT does not really look at the lung tissue itself very well (remember, the CT uses x-rays to make "cuts" through the body, which can be used to make 3D reconstructions. But, it actually looks at the bones best. It is not all that great for soft tissues. The MRI is better for soft tissues).

But, yes the radiologist probably should have stated that no nodules were seen, if that was the case.

Again, the CT does not look at the soft tissues well, so it is not great for the heart. if the anatomy of the heart needs to be evaluated, that should probably be done with an echocardiogram (a specialized ultrasound for the heart function). The functioning of the heart can also be evaluated with the EKG (electrocardiogram), Holter monitor (a 24 hour EKG), a stress test, and/or an angiogram (where dye is injected into the arteries of the heart and x-rays taken).

But, and again, the radiologist should probably have stated that there was nothing of note in the heart, if that was the case.

Speak with your physician about the findings on your studies. All findings on any study need to be correlated with the patient's history, symptoms, and examination, before any meaning can be drawn from the findings.

Good luck.
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replied July 2nd, 2013
Actually, depending how the CT was done, a chest CT can be very valuable is assessing the lung tissue itself and there should be comments regarding the lungs, mediastinum and hila, at the least.
Having said that, there can be some confusion in the reports if multiple parts of the body were scanned. If the neck and chest findings are closely related (and often they are) the radiologist may have naturally continued his/her report regarding the neck to include the chest findings. You may find the chest report embedded in the neck report.
And then the radiologist just naturally continued with abdomen and pelvis, without mentioning/repeating the chest results, even if the chest CT was under the same "header" as the abdomen/pelvis.
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