A 17-year-old male asked:
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can ultrasound detect cancer in lymph nodes?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
It depends: Ultrasound is commonly used to check the condition of the lymph nodes. But the results are dependent on the experience of the sonographer(radiologist). A good sonographer can tell if a lymph node is benign or suspect for Cancer. The final answer(to be 100% certain) requires a biopsy of a suspicious lymph node(if it is enlarged to 1cm or more in size)
Answered on Mar 31, 2018
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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No...: Will only show enlargement or structural anomaly. Need a biopsy for detection of cancer.
Answered on Jul 31, 2016

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