Keep a Keen Eye on Your Urinary Tract With CT Urography in NYC!

POSTED ON THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013 AT 10:48 AM  by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

When you were young, a simple stomach ache was the perfect reason to skip school and lie in bed under the warm blankets. As you grow older, however, abdominal pain may cause more worry than a day’s worth of missed homework. In fact, innocent abdominal pain is one of the main causes of serious conditions that if left untreated, can damage some of the most vital organs of the urinary tract.

When you experience pain in your abdominal region, your doctor may recommend a CT Urography in NYC. Using advanced CT Scanning technology, CT Urography is used to help evaluate patients who may experience kidney or bladder stones, reoccurring urinary tract infection, unusual blood in the urine, and certain cancers of the urinary tract. Learn more about the causes and symptoms of each of these diseases below and when it may be time for you to discuss CT Urography in NYC with your doctor.

Hematuria: Also known as blood in the urine, hematuria can originate from kidney stones, blood clots, infection, and cancer. Women are more at risk of hematuria due to increased urinary tract infections. Men are not in the clear either however, as certain medications that irritate the urinary tract can lead to enlarged prostate, increasing the risk of hematuria.                              

Kidney or Bladder Stones: Kidney stones have become known as one of the most painful and of the urologic disorders. A kidney stone is a hard mass that develops from crystals that separate from the urine within the urinary tract. Similar to kidney stones, bladder stones are small masses of minerals that form in the bladder. Concentrated urine, which may be a result of an enlarged prostate or recurring urinary tract infection, causes minerals in the urine to crystalize. Both kidney and bladder stones often occur with no signs or symptoms.

Cancers of the Urinary Tract: Common cancers of the urinary tract include bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and urethral cancer. Usually offset by the growth of tumors, proper diagnostic imaging will help doctors determine if these growths are benign or malignant. Common symptoms include pain during urination, swelling in the lower legs, weight loss, and urinating in small amounts frequently. 

Reoccurring Tract Infections: More commonly occurring in women, Urinary Tract Infections, also known as UTIs, occur from bacteria in the urinary tract. If left untreated, UTI can cause infection of the kidneys. Common symptoms include feeling as if you have to urinate frequently, pain or burning when peeing, fever, and dark or cloudy urine.  

Using intravenous contrast material to obtain images of the urinary tract, the CT Urography will reveal any blockages, growth, or unusual signs within the urinary tract to help diagnosis these conditions. During the procedure, you will be given water and a contrast material to drink. After about 45 minutes, our highly trained technicians will use advanced CT imaging to scan your body.

Our technicians at Park Avenue Radiologists know that finding any abnormalities within the urinary tract requires advanced imaging  along with comfort and security for patients.  Don’t skip out on your imaging needs during times of worry. Keep a keen eye on any unusual abdominal symptoms, and alleviate your concerns with CT Urography in NYC. Our staff and technicians are happy to answer questions you may have regarding your imaging needs. Contact our office at, 212.888.1000 or request an appointment online.   

 

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