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    Old 03-09-2003, 11:08 PM   #1
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    Question What is a Stealth CT Scan?

    I'm hoping someone here will know what a Stealth scan is. I'm to have a series of tests in Chicago, and my neuro has ordered a CT scan with infusion, as well as a Stealth CT scan with infusion. Any information is appreciated, I'm sure it's not as exotic as it sounds! Thanks!.....franjo

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    Surgeries include, but not limited to:
    Lumbar fusion-1968
    Fusion with Herrington Rod instrumentation-1970
    Femoral osteotomy-1971
    Tethered cord release-1987
    Rod removal-1987
    Chiari-type pelvic osteotomy-1988
    Trochanteric osteotomy-1989
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    Spina-bifida occulta; Congenital Scoliosis (dextrorotatory and 'S' curve, 42 thorasic and 57 degrees lumbar); Meningomyelocele (split cord @ L1); Diastematomyelia (re-sectioned at L2-3); tethered cord @ S-3; cysts on cord; various developmental abnormalities of the spine: narrowing of all disk spaces, defects in posterior arches, ectasia of the spinal canal and dura, segmental disease, sclerosis in L. iliac bone and adjacent sacroiliac joint, unilateral osteitis condensans ilium, hypertrophic facet disease L4-5 and L5-S1.

    Surgeries include, but not limited to:
    Lumbar fusion-1968
    Fusion with Herrington Rod instrumentation-1970
    Femoral osteotomy-1971
    Tethered cord release-1987
    Rod removal-1987
    Chiari-type pelvic osteotomy-1988
    Trochanteric osteotomy-1989
    Tethered cord release-2003
    Fusion with instrumentation with lots and lots of screws-2003

     
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    Old 03-10-2003, 12:19 PM   #2
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    Hey Teri
    I'll call some of my friends in radiology today for info on the stealth CT.
    Talk to you soon
    Charlotte
    PS I got in the therapy pool today. It hurt like *(&^
    but maybe its a start. I moved my arms underwater like the breast stroke for a couple of minutes. Tried to hold myself up but couldn't. Hope your having a good day my friend

     
    Old 03-10-2003, 01:14 PM   #3
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    franjo-

    A stealth cat is a cat scan that uses a stealth system which is a form of navigational system allowing for greater accuracy. I think it actually creates a map or plot. I don't believe you'll know the difference between this and a regular scan.

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    Old 03-10-2003, 05:49 PM   #4
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    Bruce,

    Then I'm assuming that they'll do the CT first, then pinpoint any areas of concern with the Stealth? Otherwise, it seems a bit of overkill.

    A map of my body would be nice to have, though. I seem to mislocate some of my parts at times.

    Thanks for the reply. I guess since exotica is out of the picture, I can forget the mixed drinks I planned to pack along.

    -Teri
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    Spina-bifida occulta; Congenital Scoliosis (dextrorotatory and 'S' curve, 42 thorasic and 57 degrees lumbar); Meningomyelocele (split cord @ L1); Diastematomyelia (re-sectioned at L2-3); tethered cord @ S-3; cysts on cord; various developmental abnormalities of the spine: narrowing of all disk spaces, defects in posterior arches, ectasia of the spinal canal and dura, segmental disease, sclerosis in L. iliac bone and adjacent sacroiliac joint, unilateral osteitis condensans ilium, hypertrophic facet disease L4-5 and L5-S1.

    Surgeries include, but not limited to:
    Lumbar fusion-1968
    Fusion with Herrington Rod instrumentation-1970
    Femoral osteotomy-1971
    Tethered cord release-1987
    Rod removal-1987
    Chiari-type pelvic osteotomy-1988
    Trochanteric osteotomy-1989
    Tethered cord release-2003
    Fusion with instrumentation with lots and lots of screws-2003

     
    Old 03-11-2003, 06:25 AM   #5
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    Teri,
    I'm glad Bruce could help. Our little County Hospital had never heard of a stealth. Hope your having a good day.
    Charlotte

     
    Old 03-11-2003, 07:31 AM   #6
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    You just have to watch out for that big plane hovering over your body. The noise, the wind, and the big shadow are scary as... all get out!
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    Old 03-11-2003, 07:58 AM   #7
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    Hey Wing,

    Maybe I should reconsider, and bring along the mixed drinks then!

    -Teri

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    Spina-bifida occulta; Congenital Scoliosis (dextrorotatory and 'S' curve, 42 thorasic and 57 degrees lumbar); Meningomyelocele (split cord @ L1); Diastematomyelia (re-sectioned at L2-3); tethered cord @ S-3; cysts on cord; various developmental abnormalities of the spine: narrowing of all disk spaces, defects in posterior arches, ectasia of the spinal canal and dura, segmental disease, sclerosis in L. iliac bone and adjacent sacroiliac joint, unilateral osteitis condensans ilium, hypertrophic facet disease L4-5 and L5-S1.

    Surgeries include, but not limited to:
    Lumbar fusion-1968
    Fusion with Herrington Rod instrumentation-1970
    Femoral osteotomy-1971
    Tethered cord release-1987
    Rod removal-1987
    Chiari-type pelvic osteotomy-1988
    Trochanteric osteotomy-1989
    Tethered cord release-2003
    Fusion with instrumentation with lots and lots of screws-2003

     
    Old 03-11-2003, 03:56 PM   #8
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    Franjo, look at what we've already been through. It can't be that bad, can it?
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    Old 03-11-2003, 07:31 PM   #9
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    Wing,

    No, I'm not worried about any of the tests I'll be having. I'm just thrilled that a myleogram wasn't on that list! A little cautious, maybe, about the MRI more than anything, only because of my unexpected claustrophobia with the last one. I'd never had an unpleasant MRI, until last June. Now, I'm a little gun shy. But if I made it then, I'll make it again. (note to self: Repeat 10,000 times)

    Hope you're having a good day today. Have you made an appt. with a pain specialist yet? You had mentioned needing to see one in another post....Teri
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    Spina-bifida occulta; Congenital Scoliosis (dextrorotatory and 'S' curve, 42 thorasic and 57 degrees lumbar); Meningomyelocele (split cord @ L1); Diastematomyelia (re-sectioned at L2-3); tethered cord @ S-3; cysts on cord; various developmental abnormalities of the spine: narrowing of all disk spaces, defects in posterior arches, ectasia of the spinal canal and dura, segmental disease, sclerosis in L. iliac bone and adjacent sacroiliac joint, unilateral osteitis condensans ilium, hypertrophic facet disease L4-5 and L5-S1.

    Surgeries include, but not limited to:
    Lumbar fusion-1968
    Fusion with Herrington Rod instrumentation-1970
    Femoral osteotomy-1971
    Tethered cord release-1987
    Rod removal-1987
    Chiari-type pelvic osteotomy-1988
    Trochanteric osteotomy-1989
    Tethered cord release-2003
    Fusion with instrumentation with lots and lots of screws-2003

     
    Old 03-11-2003, 08:27 PM   #10
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    Franjo,
    How bad was your last MRI? My CT/Mylogram for my neck/back is tomorrow morning at 9:00am. The last MRI I had was with the "open" machine. I'm sure tomorrow won't be because my doctor told me that the open mri machines don't show as much detail. I have been nervous all day today and will be so glad when it's over. I was told I would be at the hospital until 2:00pm. Depending on how I feel afterwards, I will post again tomorrow evening. Hopefully it won't be too bad since I've been pretty use to the epidurals. We'll see!

     
    Old 03-12-2003, 04:02 PM   #11
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    How did your tests go today hunnibee?
    Bruce

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    Old 03-12-2003, 07:44 PM   #12
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    Hope your back to post tomorrow Hunnibee, and feeling okay. Thanks Bruce for bringing back up this reminder.
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    Old 03-13-2003, 09:33 AM   #13
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    Sorry I didn't get back to you yesterday. Everything "could" have been a piece of cake. They let the physicians assistant do the puncture with the physician standing over her shoulder. So there she is digging and digging and digging with the needle and every few seconds the pain was horrible. She just kept doing it and finally I spoke up and ask specifically what they were doing now. That's when the doctor spoke up and said that she wasn't able to reach the right spot because of the length of the needle or something like that....he took over, did the puncture and it was over! The rest of the procedure didn't take long at all.

    Like I said, if the doctor had done it the first time, the puncture part would have been over in seconds. I felt like my body was being used as a (how do you spell guinnie pig??)

    At least I will know more about what the doctor has planned on Monday. Take care everyone.

     
    Old 03-13-2003, 10:13 AM   #14
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    Hunnibee,

    So glad that your procedure is behind you. I was literally squirming in my seat, reading about what you went through with the needle. I'll bet your natural instinct was to smack somebody! I hope you are recouping well.

    To answer your question about my last MRI: I try not to dwell on it too much here, because I don't want to add to anyone's apprehension, and it was just a one-time thing for me. But I went in as usual, no anxiety whatsoever, actually looking forward to relaxing and listening to music (after all, I'm an old hat at this sort of thing, right?). When, out of the blue, the panic began to rise in me, until I thought I could tear that whole contraption apart with my bare hands. I've never felt such an intense panic in my whole life. I was just as much panicked by my unexpected reaction as I was by the 'closed in' feeling.

    The tech pulled me out almost immediately, (although it seemed an entire lifetime!) We tried it again, this time without the headphones, and added a dry washcloth over my eyes. The panic stayed behind the surface, but the washcloth enabled me to complete the scan. I'm just hoping that this was a 'fluke' and I won't have this problem the next time.

    I do want to add again, that all of my MRI's were noneventful, even pleasant, except for this last one. So much, I think, has to do with your mind frame when you go in. That's why I'm trying to concentrate on my positive experiences with it. I believe I'll do okay when it comes time to have my next one.

    I'm anxious to hear the results of your tests. Keep us posted.....Teri

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    Surgeries include, but not limited to:
    Lumbar fusion-1968
    Fusion with Herrington Rod instrumentation-1970
    Femoral osteotomy-1971
    Tethered cord release-1987
    Rod removal-1987
    Chiari-type pelvic osteotomy-1988
    Trochanteric osteotomy-1989
    Tethered cord release-2003
    Fusion with instrumentation with lots and lots of screws-2003

     
    Old 03-13-2003, 10:48 AM   #15
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    Boy, Teri!
    You really did go through a bad experience, didn't you? Unlike the MRI, the CT Scan didn't offer headphones. I just closed my eyes the whole time and tried to relax. The spinning of the contraption was a little unnerving but it didn't last that long.

    I am extremely sore this morning...wonder why??? I think most of my day today will be spent on the sofa. My granddaugher (5 years old) will be over this afternoon and I have to be feeling a little better before she arrives. One of the hardest things that I am dealing with is her tears when she doesn't understand why I can't play with her like I use to. She doesn't understand and has told me that I don't love her anymore and it breaks my heart. We are not the only ones affected, are we...Well, I've felt sorry for myself enough already!! Will check on everyone soon. Thanks to everyone for thinking of me.

     
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