Stein-Leventhal syndrome was the original name for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) when it was discovered in the 1930s. This condition is a hormonal problem found in women. It is very common and can appear any time after you begin your menstrual cycles. It involves swollen ovaries with several cysts surrounding the outer rim of each ovary.
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Are Stein-Leventhal syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome related?
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What are the benefits of computed tomography (CT) scans?
Brigham and Women's Hospital answeredIn the mid-1970s, computed axial tomography (CAT) scanners became available, thus revolutionizing medical imaging. Cumbersome, expensive, and time-consuming at first, newer generations of computed tomography (CT) scanners permit helical (or spiral) scans of complete organ volumes within seconds. The fast scans allow images during breath-holding, thus minimizing respiratory motion artifacts. This technology can also be applied to the chest, abdomen, pelvis, brain, and extremities.
Within the gantry, a row of radiation detectors encircles the patient, while a rotating x-ray beam passes through the patient. The multiple transmitted beams are registered and back-projected, so that a transaxial "slice" of high resolution and contrast can be generated. Newer computational techniques have made it possible to create three-dimensional renderings as well as coronal (front to back) and sagittal (side to side) plane slices.
How should I prepare for an MRI of the spine?
Before your MRI test, tell your doctor and the MRI technologist if you:
- Are allergic to any medicines. The contrast material used for MRI does not contain iodine. If you know that you are allergic to the contrast material used for the MRI, tell your doctor before having another test.
- Are or might be pregnant.
- Have any metal implanted in your body. This helps your doctor know if the test is safe for you. Tell your doctor if you have:
- Heart and blood vessel devices such as a coronary artery stent, a pacemaker, an ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator), or a metal heart valve.
- Metal pins, clips or metal parts in your body, including artificial limbs and dental work or braces.
- Any other implanted medical device, such as a medicine infusion pump or a cochlear implant.
- Cosmetic metal implants, such as in your ears or tattooed eyeliner.
- Had recent surgery on a blood vessel. In some cases, you may not be able to have the MRI test.
- Have an intrauterine device (IUD) in place. An IUD may prevent you from having the MRI test done.
- Become very nervous in confined spaces. You need to lie very still inside the MRI magnet, so you may need medicine to help you relax. Or you may be able to have the test done with open MRI equipment. It is not as confining as standard MRI machines.
- Have any other health conditions, such as kidney problems or sickle cell anemia, that may prevent you from having an MRI using contrast material.
- Wear any medicine patches. The MRI may cause a burn at the patch site.
You may be asked to sign a consent form that says you understand the risks of the test and agree to have it done. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding the need for the test, its risks, how it will be done or what the results will mean.
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