Jun 26, 2012 - 2:08 pm
After my left radical nephrectomy in February 2009, my Urologist was adamant that my CT scans be without contrast. Initially they were concerned that my other kidney may have been diseased, but it is a healthy working kidney (thank goodness). Even after this confirmation, CT scans were ordered without contrast.
This year, I switched insurance companies. My new doctor is ordering my CT with contrast. I've explained that past CT scans have been without contrast. She then discussed the matter with a nephrologist who confirmed that this was standard operating procedure. Keep in mind that medical records were not adequately transferred over, and I had to verbally provide my medical history to the new insurance company. She said if I had concerns to speak with the radiologist. I talked to the radiology department who indicated that they would use Bisipaque, which they indicate is a less-stress dose IV contrast. Who is right and who is wrong. If I need contrast why hasn't it been used the last three times?