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can an mri scan detect lung cancer

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
7 years experience in Medical Oncology
See below: Usually MRI scans are only done to evaluate for brain lesions in patients with lung cancer. Often the MRI is done with contrast and the lesions are en ... Read More

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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph White
48 years experience in Pulmonology
No: An MRI can suggest that is nodule is cancer, but a biopsy done either thru a bronchoscope or a needle biopsy thru the chest is needed for a diagnosis. ... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
CT scan: In general CT scan of the chest is the best test for diagnosis of lung Cancer. A PET/CT scan is sometimes preferred as it gives more useful informatio ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience in Internal Medicine
Tests: The best test to screen for lung cancer,in my opinion, is a chest ct scan as a conventional chest xray can miss it. A simple blood test, cbc and diffe ... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
There are distinct T: CT scan shows the lungs much better whereas MRI shows the pleural surface much better. Since Mesothelioma starts on the Pleural surface, it is easier ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mazen Ghani
23 years experience in Radiology
Possibly: CT scan without intravenous contrast is a reasonable study to evaluate for thymoma or lung cancer. I would not recommend MRI.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
It depends: Lung cancer shows up in the lungs in nearly all cases but sometime sit can be occult(too small to be easily visible). But 95% of the time a ct scan of ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience in Nuclear Medicine
Not well: Lungs not well defined on mri. Spinal mr is limited mainly to spine and does not cover the whole area of chest.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
31 years experience in Holistic Medicine
Tell about your pain: I am happy for you that an MRI does not show cancer as the source of your back pain. However, you are also entitled to have back pain from a sprain o ... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Anissian
20 years experience in Internal Medicine
Not cancer: Atelectasis is not cancer. It is essentially a sign that some areas of your lungs are not getting as much air due to either blockage or restriction of ... Read More

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