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Benefits of CT contrast over CT plain - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   hello doctor
Doctor :   How can i help you?
User :   what is the benefit of ct contrast over ct palne?
Doctor :   a contrast Ct can pick up lesions that may be not be picked in a plain CT
Doctor :   it will depend on what the reason for taking the CT is
Doctor :   what condition has the CT you are talking about been advised for?
Doctor :   I mean - what is the problem?
User :   its 4 my grand fa.. and its for cva
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Initially a CT is done to rule out CVA due to bleeding - inside the brain
Doctor :   a plain CT will pick up a bleed immideately but not a
User :   so i want to know one more information. whether you are in office. are you work online through your home?
Doctor :   a bleed will be picked up immideatley by the plain CT
Doctor :   the other type of CVA is due to a blood vessel in the brain getting blocked
Doctor :   the treatment is differnet for the type of CVA
Doctor :   when the CVA occurs because of a block- there is an infarct ( part of the brain that has he blood supply cut off)
Doctor :   that cannot be picked up immediately
Doctor :   But treatment can be started depending on the plain CT- if bleeding has been ruled out
Doctor :   A contrast CT is then done after 24 hours to See which part of the brain exactly has been affected
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with?
Doctor :   r u thr?
Doctor :   I have to close this window as there is no response from your side. Please get back if you need any medical advice.
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