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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
No, not even 2 scans: Patients get CT scans all over the world, every day. As long as there is a good reason for the scan, it is fine to do. If repeated scans are planned, ... Read More

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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Allison Greco
8 years experience General Practice
CT scan: A ct scan is typically the type of test used to find a liver tumor. It shows the soft tissues, organs, and blood vessels very well. A pet scan can be ... Read More
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Dr. John Cheng
25 years experience Family Medicine
It depends: Each modality has a strength and limitations depending on what type of cancer and whether looking for metastasis.
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Dr. Larry Wilf
33 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Depends: For primary liver cancer , i would recommend ct or mr . For metastatic disease , especially a GI cancer, i would start with pet/ct.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christian Schultheis
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Possibly: More important is the pathology. We rely on pathology and the immunochemistry. The pet may be helpful but sometimes we do not find a primary. This ... Read More
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Dr. Guido Davidzon
17 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Maybe: Pet/ct scan is a very sensitive test and may very well find additional sites of disease. However, its sensitivity varies depending on the cancer histo ... Read More
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Dr. Herbert Hoover
50 years experience General Practice
PET could help: A pet scan could be helpful as any malignancy greater than 1 cm in size should be hot. Small tumors can be behind folds or stool or be missed on colon ... Read More
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Dr. Leto Quarles
22 years experience Family Medicine
Probably not cancer: 5 years of pain unlikely to be cancer, and certainly a liver tumor would grow enough in 4-5 years to show up on imaging studies. If you have been havi ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
If it is tailored: For liver mass, and technically adequate(i.e. no artifacts that might obscure anatomy), it would be nearly impossible to miss a large liver tumor.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Ct scan of the liver can be seen without contrast, however specific findings can be enhanced with contrast.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Unlikely: Liver cancer would have shown up with different pattern than a uniform image throughout.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not the right tests: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
To follow up on it: The ct cannot absolutely tell you what it is, so its behavior (rate of growth, etc.) is assessed to help decide on any subsequent step. If it is stabl ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Suspect cancer: In someone with prior cancer, this secenario makes me suspect recurrence of cancer in the lymph nodes and in the liver. What did your doctor tell you ... Read More
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