A 41-year-old member asked:
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is it possible for an mri or and x-ray to show if someone has cancer in their foot?

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Dr. Ashley Vanderloop
12 years experience Podiatry
Not definitively: Advanced imaging can reveal abnormalities in the bone and soft tissue. The gold standard in identifying if the abnormality is in fact a cancer, is to take a surgical biopsy... which then needs to be reviewed by a pathologist for definitive diagnosis.
Answered on May 23, 2015

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Dr. Martin Morell
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Yes: If it reached a certain size and the specific type of cancer. X-ray will show calcification and bone mostly.
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Sometimes: Certain tumors of bone and soft tissue have appearance and characteristics that may be visible on radiographic studies.
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Dr. David Ziring
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Sounds: Awfully expensive. A proper physical exam by a skilled orthopedist may save the system several thousand dollars. It more likely to be something benign ... Read More
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Dr. Addagada Rao
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Unlikely: If it is tumor your doctor might have told you, most likely a bone cyst which is quite common, speak to your doctor gain.
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