10-15 years ago I had a spinal CT/Myelogram and numerous x-rays due to a lower back problem. As a former smoker, I have also had quite a few chest x-rays over the years. I am concerned about radiation exposure.
Currently, I have a pain in my mid back, roughly on a spot centered on the bottom 2 ribs - left of the spine by 3 - 6 inches. It started in January, was gone in early March, but returned last Sunday. Also, over about 4 months ending in February, I lost 30 pounds (about 187 to 157) - I was trying to lose the weight, but have recently found it difficult to maintain my weight. I had a chest x-ray, and x-rays of the area around the left scapula, and no abnormalities were identified.
I have been referred for an abdominal CT scan. I have a choice between a Somatom 128 dual source and a 64 slice machine. Will a 128 slice have significantly less radiation exposure?
Assuming we are looking for abnormalities on the organs located near the area of pain, should I push for an MRI instead? There is a Siemens 3-Tesla Magnetom unit at the facility. Would it provide the info needed needed to rule in/out liver, stomach, pancreas problems?
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