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ng
03-08-2009, 11:22 PM
My doctor asked me to do a CT scan in one month time.

But he asked me to take some immuno-suppressant drug because I have a few allergies to some other drugs.

Anybody have CT scan before ? Do we need to take any drugs before CT scan ?

I thought it is just like x-ray then why do we need to take drugs ?

Sentinel
04-08-2009, 12:08 AM
Ng, I would suggest you discuss this personally with a few doctors or friends. Even General Practicioner can tell you a lot about CT-scan.

The doctor will inject into your body some kind of fluid which will give better contrast when various parts of your body are scanned and show up in the films.

Listen, this is quite serious thing and I would think its best go sit down for a cup of coffee with your GP friend or any doctor friends as I believe many of us forumers here might be tempted to give opinion which migh not be right.

Go ahead, you have nothing to lose but a lot to gain. The earlier you seek their opinion, the better because you might need some lead time to prepare yourself physically and mentally for the scan.

kuma
04-08-2009, 02:11 AM
Ng, I would suggest you discuss this personally with a few doctors or friends. Even General Practicioner can tell you a lot about CT-scan.

The doctor will inject into your body some kind of fluid which will give better contrast when various parts of your body are scanned and show up in the films.

Listen, this is quite serious thing and I would think its best go sit down for a cup of coffee with your GP friend or any doctor friends as I believe many of us forumers here might be tempted to give opinion which migh not be right.

Go ahead, you have nothing to lose but a lot to gain. The earlier you seek their opinion, the better because you might need some lead time to prepare yourself physically and mentally for the scan.

Can't agree more. Forums are not the place to seek an opinion on such matters. Don't take such advise too from any Tan, Din & Hari....their knowledge may be based on heresay.

If any Doc on this Forum were to reply you then fine...but still see a Doc privately 'face to face'....as you can ask a lot more.

And not to worry...there's nothing to fear taking the scan.

zinglicious
04-08-2009, 08:13 AM
Ct scan is safer than X ray and better diagnostic proceedures. In addition to the doctors who may not spend time to give you the detailed explanation, I suggest you speak to the certified radiographers who could be the best persons to talk to. They are the ones who assists the radiologists to do the examiation and are updated on the latest data on safety issues.
The fluids injectable ( contrast media- which is like a dye ) are to show the flowing and blockages which might be present when the images are taken.
The drugs you are asked to be taken is used as a precaution and the contrast media used nowadays are newer generation and has low side effects.
The only problem about CT scan is Claustophobia which is you have fear about confined space and of course the amount of money you have to dish for this kind of examination.
Anyway, wish you all the best.

Chia Hak Soon
04-08-2009, 09:59 AM
CT scan is done unlike X-ray. They will administer a drug that bring down your heart beat to less than 59 before the scan. The scan takes less than 8 minutes. Your cardiologist is the best to advise you as you may have allergies to drugs. A fulll scan cost about Rm2700-00 and they will give you a colour image of your heart. However, your cardiologist will advise you better.

zinglicious
04-08-2009, 10:26 AM
What if our chap is being treated by the neurologist for brain vessel thrombosis? Should he asked the cardiologist or neurologists?
Anyway, Ctscan is used for numerous proceedures for wide diagnostic purposes which x ray is unable to create a clear resolution on the images produce.And the risk is lower.
The neurologist are the specialised doctors who treat brain problem
The Cardiologist are the ones who speialised on heart issues
The Radiologists are the specialists doctors who read and translated all the CT scan readings to the the above docs.
As for the Radiographers, they are the front technicians who is doing the donkey work for the radiologists. And usually, they have the time to do the explanation. And they dont bill you like the above doctors.

zinglicious
04-08-2009, 10:33 AM
BTW, i am not a CTscan expert, just some kay bo chi who used to hang around with the private and govt hospitals especially at the x ray dept when I was young and handsome.

dwch
04-08-2009, 11:10 AM
My doctor asked me to do a CT scan in one month time.

But he asked me to take some immuno-suppressant drug because I have a few allergies to some other drugs.

Anybody have CT scan before ? Do we need to take any drugs before CT scan ?

I thought it is just like x-ray then why do we need to take drugs ?

I do not trust Malaysian doctors. I had CT scan for my very painful disc protrusion on my lower lumbar disc. My GP never pescribed any kind of drugs and I just walked into the Melb Specialist Imaging centre on my appointment day.

Few years ago my child had a HIDA scan which the hospital specialist had to inject colour dye into her veins for blockage before her major operation. This was only required for such scan. She too had CT scan, MRI and ultra sound which never required any oral drugs.

Unless your scan is very special to do with any internal organs.

Sentinel
04-08-2009, 11:19 AM
Ng, go talk to a doctor. You have nothing to lose.

zinglicious
04-08-2009, 11:25 AM
No Malaysian doc that you can trust? Dunno about you but I had to told the USA GP off for presrcibing a drug longer than what it was stated in the product leaflet to my son. And he was a paediactrician! After getting a referal to go to the Hannemann Hospital, only found out that the doctors there are as professional as they are supposed to be.
There are also many Malaysians doctors graduate from UK....so just because they are Malaysians , they cannot be trusted?
I dunno about you, but if you happened to met some great Malaysian doctos like Dato Suseela Nair, Prof Yip....for thier professionalism and dedications, you may need a second opinon.