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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for mri or ct scan to detect brain cancer?

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Dr. Alfred Parkhill Hand
Radiology 22 years experience
Yes: A CT scan can detect a brain tumor, but will be better able to detect a tumor if it performed with IV contrast. Mri with contrast can detect very small tumors that may not be seen with a ct scan.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

Could MRI or CT scan detect brain cancer?

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Dr. Jon Strasser
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Sure: Mri would be the imaging test of choice, though often we start with a ct. Ultimately, you'll likely need a biopsy to prove it's a cancer.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Please tell me, could MRI or CT scan detect brain cancer?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 36 years experience
Yes: Any of those tests, particularly the mri, could detect cancer in the brain, be it one that started in the brain itself or one that came from elsewhere. Of course, no test is perfect and if the cancer is small enough, it might not be seen with either scan.
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