A 43-year-old female asked:
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would a lumbar mri show signs of ovarian or cervical tumors/cancer? had one for back and it showed ovarian cysts (benign)

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Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Maybe : Depending where the slices are made they would show masses there. Whether the masses are cancers or not requires a tissue sample (biopsy).
Answered on Jul 17, 2016
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Depends: Usually MRI of lumbar spine has narrow window . Patients' anatomy varies from person to person. if ovary is in field of view may see tumor . Usually MRI dedicated to pelvis or abdomen more precise.
Answered on May 3, 2017
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