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Question re CT scans

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spudlab
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Re: Question re CT scans

I hear what everyone is saying but you have to understand a few subtle things. Your oncologist is an expert in looking after your cancer and understands the treatment options available to you in light of all other issues. CT scans, MRI scans, PET scans and bone scans etc are not their area of expertise. It is a bit like asking a gynaecologist to comment on a problem with your shoulder. It may not be obvious but interperation of scans and X rays is a completely different medical specialty. Your oncologist may well look at the scans but I would be far happier knowing a radiologist (Xray specialist) has looked at them and given their opinion.

 

I hate waiting for CT results but would not be happy to accept an unreported scan. I have asked for scans to be re-reported on rare occasions when I don't believe they have asked the right question and so the radiologist hasn't answered the question. Radiologists answer the question they are asked such as "is there a broken bone?".

 

My last scan report spoke about a stable cyst and a healed fracture. These hadn't been mention before so my doctor requested clarification. They just hadn't been mentioned before but were there!

 

I guess what I am trying to say is trust the doctors and if you are not sure ask for another opinion

Macie40
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Re: Question re CT scans

Hi I alwhays ask for a copy of scan report and then compare with last one,if any dramatic changes I then question oncologist who is then more than happy to look at the actual scan with me this keeps me up to date with all that is happening . Love to all Macie x x x

Diana
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Re: Question re CT scans

Any scan is only as good as the person who is interpreting it. Normally an experienced and skilful radiologist. This is the area of their expertise. The consultant only receive the report. They are not radiologist but have some understanding on the images. I hope that helps.

EJ81
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Re: Question re CT scans

Hi, I know my onc looks at the scans but as she says she is not the best person to interpret them so she usually waits for the reports before relaying anything to me. I hope this helps xxx

stresshead
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Re: Question re CT scans

Hi, I have been shown my scans by my onc and he has explained them...not every time though: sometimes he has just told me the results. Sorry this doesn't help much.x
mrsblue
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Re: Question re CT scans

That's a very important question! it's OUR bodies, OUR scans after all.

 

My 2p'worth is that the reports are often sufficient.  At my recent clinic appt I asked a question about my scan, I have bad chest pain so I had wondered about fractured sternum.  Nothing on report but my onc said he'd look at the scan itself (no fracture 🙂 ) so I hope anyone's onc would be willing to look again if specifically asked.

 

Re scans being "hard to read" I had this problem with CT scans, capecitabine was working well on my liver mets but the tumour areas didn't show up clearly, so I now have PET-CT scans instead.  These are more expensive, I think, but give a lot of information and don't need breath-holding or a contrast dye 🙂

 

 

Smartie
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Re: Question re CT scans

As far as my onc goes he reads the report from the Radiologist who is the one who interprets the results and then reports to me, (I can see the report if I want to) I have had big changes in between 3 monthly scans so perhaps it par for the course?
Best wishes
Smartie x

su-bee
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Re: Question re CT scans

I know my onc looks at the scans with the radiologist, but mine are very hard to read.

2catlady
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Re: Question re CT scans

Hi,I just think my onc just reads report,then totally forgets it. That's a bit worrying what your report has said. Ask him if can point out on scan as images will be on computer. Xxxx
Tournesol
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Question re CT scans

Morning all,

 

Do you know if your oncologists look at your CT scans or just read the reports? I've just had an experience, for the second time, where I have been told that everything is stable on one scan and then the next scan reports new mets and says how much they have changed/not changed since the last scan so they were obviously visible on the previous scan but not mentioned. This has affected my treatment twice now and I'm not happy. Before I say anything to my onc I'd like to get a feeling for whether they are meant to do anything more than just read the CT reports. I do appreciate that something might be hardly visible on one scan and more visible on the next one, but this does not seem to be the case this time as the 'new' lesions are reported as not having changed since the last scan.

 

Best wishes,

 

Tournesol x