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is there a full body scan to check for cancer

A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Duy Vu
Dr. Duy Vu answered
38 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Resolution of scan.: It depends on which scan we are talking. In general the resolution i.e the ability of a "scan" depends on the nature of the test. For a CT scan to det ... Read More

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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Primary Care doctor: Preventive care means getting care before having symptoms. Young and middle-aged adults can get preventive care check-ups every 2-3 years even if they ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Worry and scans: Besides unwanted radiation exposure, full body scanning is likely to result in "incidental findings " ( variations from normal that are of questionabl ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Feldman
40 years experience Endocrinology
Common: Most people who have had thyroid cancer are "survivors", since it is very uncommon to die of thyroid cancer. Full body scans are typically done to se ... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
20 years experience Hospital-based practice
Not performed.: Contrary to what you might have been told, a "whole body MRI" is almost NEVER performed - it's too expensive, & the technology doesn't work to mak ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dinhofer
40 years experience Radiology
Yes: A vegetarian diet should not be a problem. This webpage has a list of food to avoid and ones that are OK. http://www.thyca.org/pap-fol/lowiodinediet/
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A 88-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Feldman
40 years experience Endocrinology
Depends: It sounds like you are having rai now because you didn't do it initially, rather than having it to treat recurrent disease. It is reasonable to do th ... Read More
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A 88-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
No it will not: No it will not tell if thyroid cells will uptake the i-131 during the rai treatment.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience Endocrinology
Scan: Yes it is adequate to do the scan two days apart. There is more information to be had when the two studies are completed and discussed with with your ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Not really sure: what you are asking. You can contact your health plan to see what they cover. What do you mean by a full body scan?
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