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can CT scans miss glioblastoma

A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
CT: That would depend on what type of tumor you are looking for. The CT would not miss gross tumor. For example it does not miss colon cancer, but it will ... Read More

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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
34 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Yes: There can be structural, infectious and metabolic problems within the intestine and liver that are missed by ct scans. Blood work, physical examinati ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Not always: Brain CT scans without contrast do not always miss cerebellar tumors. A tumor whose density is different from that of its adjacent brain tissue, or wh ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
No, they probably: can visualize most of them, although often not very well , and not with the degree of sensitivity that a contrast enhanced scan has. That said, MRI i ... Read More
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Dr. Morton Levitt
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Colo-Rectal Cancer : It wasn't clear to me whether or not you are "symptomatic." if not, and you are young <you didn't provide your age either (colon cancer is more likely ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Baez
Dr. Paul Baez answered
20 years experience Radiology
Yes: Every test has limitations. The ct scans may not have found the problem, but they have likely eliminated some possibilities. If you have had 2 ct sca ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Zero: There is zero chance that the tests missed live disease.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Atul Singh
27 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
CT: CT scans don't miss stones even stones that ultrasound or X-ray miss the ct picks the up. Patients can often pass "gravel" like and not have formed st ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
34 years experience General Surgery
Fairly high risk: CT scans are NOT good tools for looking inside the bowel. Endoscopy is the preferred tool, but a sigmoidoscopy, at its best, misses looking at half th ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Velt
Dr. Paul Velt answered
41 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Slim: in spite of the low chance of missing a cancer, a complete colonoscopy would examine the rest of the colon not visualized on sigmoidoscopy. CT is only ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
35 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Unlikely : Best test would be a colonoscopy for your symptoms or at least a sigmoidoscopy. Usually if a colon cancer had symptoms a year ago those symptoms would ... Read More
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