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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Imaging test.: A pet/ct is a combined whole body x-ray (ct scan) and a functional image based on how much sugar is taken up in various parts of the body. It is not ... Read More
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Dr. Steven Guyton
45 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Combination: Pet-ct uses a combination of x-rays and a scan for metabolic activity to be more sensitive than either alone. Ct can show the size and shape of struc ... Read More
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Dr. Craig Carter
39 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Clinical: Lung cancer is diagnosed by obtaining tissue from somewhere. This would be a pathologic diagnosis. Cancer can be inferred by by various imaging studie ... Read More

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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
28 years experience Radiology
Several Options: Several tests can help stage lung cancer. A contrast enhanced (injected into a vein) CT is the usual first test. The advantage of a PET/CT (not just ... Read More
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Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
17 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Imaging studies...: PET is very helpful for initial staging as it can help stage disease and detect spread of disease to local lymph nodes or distant sites. The appropri ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Cooke
21 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Adjunctive: Pet scans utilize a special sugar molecule or glucose, and attaches a harmless piece of radioactivity to it (fdg). The FDG is taken up by metabolical ... Read More
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Sort of...: The pet scan non-specifically show very metabolically active (consuming lots of energy), and lung cancer and its metastasis fit that category. It is ... Read More
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Dr. Thomas Birdas
25 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Not exactly: They show lesions that are suspicious for cancer (including lung cancer). Typically co fir action with a biopsy is required before treatment is initia ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Yes: If the size of lesion is smaller than critical volume it will not be seen at all. Some tumors may not make a nodularity at first therefore will not ha ... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
LDCT is a : noncontrast lung nodule screening study, and it is possible that small central lesions may not be visualized due to proximity to normal blood vessels ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience 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 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Mgt.: The modular size and activity as shown on the PET scan may be followed. If you have Respiratory involvement, an imaging study of your chest can be inc ... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Mgt.: I would suggest that you see a Pulmonary specialist or schedule a virtual consult with uploaded imaging studies and reports. Slow growth and no incr ... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Clinical judgement: This pathologist is underwhelmed with the health or public benefits of intensive screening for tiny lung cancers. I'd hope that if the person is sympt ... Read More
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