I'm a nervous Nelly when it comes to unknown diagnosis's and my dad recently had a CT brain scan done and I'm trying to interpret the results he received back from the doctor. They are as follows:
Procedure: CT Brain without contrast
Technique: CT images were created without intravenous contrast
Centricles: The lateral, third and fourth ventricles are normal in size, shape and anatomical position.
Intra Azial Space: No mass, mass effect, hydrocephalus or hemorrhage.
Extra Axial Space: No abnormal extraaxial fluid collections
Cerebrum: 1 cm vaguely defined low density area in the left frontal lobe best demonstrated on series 3 image 20. No calcification. Sulci and gyri are normal. Gray-white differentiation maintained. The midline structures are not displaced.
Cerebellum: Both cerebellar hemispheres are symmetrical in appearance, no hemorrhage, mass or infarct.
Brain Stem: Brain stem is normal in morphology and density, no hemorrhage, mass or infarct.
Vascular: No hyperdense MCA. No subdural or epidural hematoma.
Basal Cisterns: Preserved
Skull: No abnormal areas of lucency or sclerosis in the calvarium. No fracture.
Other: Mucosal thickening in the ethmoid sinuses. No fluid in the mastoids.
Conclusion: 1 cm vague area of low density in the left frontal lobe white matter, recommend further evaluation with a contrast enhanced MRI or the brain.
His complaint and why he went in for the CT scan was acute headaches. Can anyone (preferably a doctor or someone with medical expertise in this area) let me know what results like this are typically indicitive of? Of course I always think the worst so my immediate thought is abnormal = brain cancer or brain tumor. He is being scheduled for the recommended MRI.
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