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A 47-year-old male asked:

I have had a sinus infection for the past three months doctor had me do a ct sinus question can it detect cancer or would an mri need to be done?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Imaging studies: CT and MRI do not detect cancers. They can only suggest the potential for a lesion to be malignant (cancerous), but examination of tissue is the means by which such diagnoses are established.
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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
CT is usually fine: For detecting any sinus pathology.
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
As explained in my response, you can visualize changes in the sinuses by either CT or MRI but these will not establish whether or not these are malignancies.
Feb 4, 2015
Last updated Feb 4, 2015

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