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A 61-year-old female asked:

Ct scan of pelvic abdomen showed 7mm lung spot on lower left lung dr now ordered a chest ct scan wondering why ?

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Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Great idea: Hi, good question. I agree with doc wanting full lung ct. A nodule was seen in the lower aspect of the lung. Question is: now how does the rest of your lungs look? Any other nodules, infection, mass, lymph nodes, calcifications, best of luck, .
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
To see the rest of: ...Your lungs. The abdominal study only shows about a third of your lungs. Your doc will need to see the rest to know what to do. Lung nodules are very common and the vast majority are benign scar(s). Most of the time we just use the ct to follow and make sure there is no growth. There are other tests (pet scan for example) that can be useful when there is concern for cancer.
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Last updated Dec 8, 2016


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