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A 21-year-old male asked:

Can a neck mri with contrast show any malignant lymph nodes near collarbone or where posterior neck joins the shoulder?

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Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes and no : An MRI can do many things, like show if you have enlarged lymph nodes - however in order to determine if they are benign or malignant you would need a biopsy of the tissue in question. I will often order an ultrasound first when evaluating lumps in the neck, and only order MRI if the ultrasound is inconclusive or unable to do needle biopsy.
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