A 44-year-old female asked:
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can kub show polyps and/or colon cancer?

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Dr. James Brockenbrough
48 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Very unlikely: Detail not good enough for polyps, but if a colon cancer has obstructing signs, it may give clues on KUB, suggesting other more detailed studies, i.e. CT.
Answered on Feb 27, 2015
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Not in the vast: majority of cases.
Answered on Feb 27, 2015
Dr. Steven Hebert
28 years experience Pathology
Possibly: It's not unheard of to see abnormalities on a KUB but that's not the correct way to look for polyps. A colonoscopy is a very reliable way to detect polyps.
Answered on Feb 27, 2015
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not usually: Polyps and Colin cancer are soft tissue conditions, and do do not typically show up on X-ray. The main exceptions to this are if they are calcified, if they are causing a bowel obstruction ( you can diagnose the obstruction but not the cancer), or if contrast is given in the GI tract first ( known as a upper or lower GI series). Ct scan is the radiologic test of choice, colonoscopy shows as wel
Answered on Jul 25, 2018

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