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#1 Ron

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 08:29 AM

I am still waiting to get my CT scan of my lungs.  Can anyone tell me if they use dye in an IV drip for the test?  When I was in the hospital years ago I had to go for a test where they injected some sort of chemical for the scan, and I started to vomit as soon as I was injected with it.

Got me worried about the CT scan I am going to have.  Can you please share your experiences?

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 10:17 AM

Hi Ron,

 

I had two CT scans in the beginning; one at a local hospital and then one in the top lung hospital to which I was referred.

 

On neither occasion did they inject any sort of liquid into me; I merely wore a hospital gown, removed all my jewellery and then had a large machine passed over my lungs which rotates around the area to be scanned, in this case my lungs. It gives out images of the lung called a tomogram.

 

I've found a link that explains the process for you. It's possible that you may be confused with a CT scan for the brain or stomach, where I think they do inject a dye into you before hand, but I certainly didn't have one on either occasion for my lung scans.

 

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 12:23 PM

My CT scans always say NO CONTRAST! I even have contrast listed as one of the things I am allergic to on my medication list. I have had High Resolution CT scans (HRCT) for the past 11 years and they can still pick up changes. The contrast is hard on your kidneys and since I was in renal failure and currently with a kidney transplant it is not used. 

 

Can you question if it is a HRCT and if contrast is necessary? If you are told they have to use contrast, make sure you drink a LOT of fluids to flush it out of your system. If there is any question about your kidney function, ask if it can be done without it.

 

I did have a doctor question the "allergy" to contrast and he said that it isn't a real allergy and if it had to be used they could use it. He was an endocrinologist, not a lung or renal specialist. 

 

Please keep us posted and I am hoping you have good results.

 

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 02:16 PM

Thanks Jo thats a relief.



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Posted 20 July 2015 - 03:35 AM

Thanks miocean.



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Posted 05 August 2015 - 09:34 AM

Ron, do you have your CT scheduled yet? It would ratchet down my worry level a bit if you had more solid test results to work with, as I'm sure it would for you, too.
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Posted 06 August 2015 - 06:25 AM

I'm sorry if this has already been answered as I didn't have the time to read everyone's responses, but the answer to your question really depends on how your doctor wrote the order. It can be done with or without. So calling the office to find out what was ordered exactly will give you the answer, and then you'd be able to research that particular text to give you an idea of what to expect.
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Posted 07 August 2015 - 05:41 AM

Shelley, sorry for the delay in posting, been very sick with a intestinal virus.

My CT scan is set up for early September.



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Posted 07 August 2015 - 09:33 AM

Hi Ron,

 

I'm very sorry to hear that you've had a nasty intestinal virus and I hope that you will feel better very soon.

 

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Posted 07 August 2015 - 05:48 PM

Hi Ron,

 

Well, good. I feel better now that your CT scan is officially on the books.

 

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Posted 14 August 2015 - 05:16 AM

All better from the virus I picked up. My CT Scan is set up for Friday September 18th and my lung specialist is set up for Monday September 21st. They are making me take another pulmonary function test (PFT) and X-ray of chest and then I see the doctor the same day. 

 

I had my ECHO done and the heart doctor called back to say that all was fine, except there was some thickening of the arteries to the lung, but he didn't seem too worried about it.



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Posted 14 August 2015 - 11:38 AM

Hi Ron,

I'm very pleased to hear that you've recovered from your virus and have now got your CT and lung specialist appointments set up successfully.

Please let us know how you get on when you see your specialists.

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