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can a ct scan miss colon cancer

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Not good: This same question has been asked several times today. A ct scan will not see a colon cancer unless it is large enough and advanced enough so that it ... Read More
Dr. Michael Murray
32 years experience General Surgery
Colon cancer: A ct scan is not the diagnostic modality of choice to find colon cancer. It may find late cancers that are causing symptoms but if you want to find co ... Read More

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Maluccio
26 years experience Surgical Oncology
Depends: Stage ii colon cancer is early stage, limited to the lining of the colon. If your question refers to the use of sophisticated ct imaging (virtual colo ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience Gastroenterology
CT vs. colonoscopy: Although CT can identify some colon cancers, it can certainly miss many, particularly the smaller (still potentially curable) ones. Colonoscopy is the ... Read More
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Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
?Early detection tes: CT scan is not a good Test for early detection of Colon Cancer, so Colonoscopy is the preferred test because it accomplishes 2 objectives...detect pol ... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Romano
8 years experience Internal Medicine
Colon screening : To see inside the colon well , it needs to be cleaned very well So a colonoscopy or a CT scan can be limited in its ability to detect cancer. A rece ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Enrique Molina
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes: however usually advanced colon cancers are the ones that can be picked up. Virtual CT colonography is an improved image, however the best way to defin ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
See below: A ct scan sees solid structures better than hollow ones. Early colon cancer begins on the inside lining of the colon. Unless there is a mass that may ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Yes: Virtual colonoscopy can screen for polyps. If one is found a traditional colonoscopy will be needed to remove it. Virtual colonoscopy is good for foll ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Depends on stage: Depends on need for it , by clinical examination, blood tests , CEA levels, to detect metastasis pet scan is a much better tool.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Not usually: Diverticulosis has quite a different appearance than cancer of the colon and it would be unlikely that the two would be confused by the radiologist if ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Colonoscopy: if you have symptoms (pain ,blood in stool ,difficult bowl movement ,)you should have colonoscopy for diagnosis.

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