Feb 06, 2008 - 6:35 pm
I had a six month screening with MRI contrast of the abdomen and chest xray - clear. I was told not have CT with contrast since the contrast agent is harmful to kidneys and my creatinine is a tiny bit high with the remaining kidney. After that, I was told I would need a scan only once every year. I had the one year one recently where it was an MRI for the whole torso - clear again. I think the surgeon meant well as to have a more detailed image for the chest than an Xray since he could tell I was anxious but the report said the lungs wer blurred so all they can say is no "large" masses in lungs. I went back to the surgeon and my family doctor mentioning that and asking if I should have a chest Xray (or CT w/o contrast) for my one year scan and they are very rigid about it and said it is not necessary? It seems that since I am statistically extremely unlikely to have any recurrances, they do not think it necessary. Easy for them though. I would feel better if I had the chest Xray but do not know where to begin to get another opinion without putting another doctor on the spot - which I have noticed is a touchy subject with them. Does anyone have a recommendation for an appropriate specialist in the Washington Baltimore area who would get me a chest Xray?