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please tell me, could an mri miss things such as a brain tumor, or brain cancer?

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Dr. Martin Morell
Rheumatology 29 years experience
MRI: Resolution is pretty good, so it can detect early lesions in brain. Other cancers could be picked up with pet scan.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Could an MRI miss things such as a brain tumor, or brain cancer?

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Dr. Jon Strasser
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Possible, but unlike: Sure.....If it were very small - ie smaller than the slice thickness of the scans....But most brain tumors would show up on an mri...So not very likely.
A 37-year-old member asked:

I just wanted to know can MRI miss things such as a brain tumor, or brain cancer?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Unlikely.: Always possible, but very low probability. Currently, MRI is the most sensitive imaging test of the head (particularly in the brain) in routine clinical practice. PET scans are another imaging modality that an oncologist can decide to perform if there is a high index of suspicion even after the negative MRI in some individualized cases.
Dr. Adam Lewis
Dr. Adam Lewis commented
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Adding Gadolinium contrast and fine cuts through the brain can increase the likelihood of identifying a brain tumor.
Jun 19, 2014

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