Radiology/Ct Scan Dose

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Hello I recently got a CT can of the abdomen & pelvis. Days later I started getting a really dry mouth constipation & some fever. I feel terrible then I as saw my paper work from the hospital i read it saying rad type 68? Does this mean I was dosed 68 rads? Which would be way too much! I am now really worries cause of my symptoms please help.

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Hello, Gerado.

I don't know what "rad type 68" means. You should contact a radiologist at the facility where you had your CT exam to find out what "rad type 68" means.

If you were given oral contrast or a contrast enema for your CT, that may have caused your dry mouth and constipation. It's best to ask your physician for an answer to that question.

Visit this page for more information about average dosage per imaging exam: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=safety-xray

Hope this helps,
Delia

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Please do not ask me to diagnose or interpret images. I am not qualified to do so. I will reject all questions asking for my interpretation of images. I am the photographer, not the physician. I cannot "read" x-rays. Please consult a physician for that information. I can tell you what to expect during most MRI, CT and X-ray procedures.

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I now have more than 30 years experience in diagnostic imaging. My specialty is MRI. I am also very familiar with CT and the way we used to take x-rays (everything's digital now)!

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I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Technology and am registered as an X-ray, CT and MRI Technologist.

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