CT Brain Scan Result Interpretation Please
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.
I understand that an actual diagnosis can not be made yet, however I'm wondering if there are any medical professionals seasoned in reading or interpreting CT scans that might be able to offer a little insight on things that could be going on that could possibly cause a scan to come back with these findings.
Thank you in advance.