A 30-year-old female asked:
would a spinal tumor on an mri show as a tumor or would it show as an abnormality? thankyou
1 doctor answer
Dr. Kevin Yoo answered
27 years experience Neurosurgery
It depends: Sometimes the tumors are so subtle that you cannot be certain. Many of the time the tumors will light up with contrast in which case you can be much more certain that it is tumor. But sometimes it is simply hard to tell and only biopsy will tell you if you have tumor which should be done only as a last resort because biopsying the spinal cord is fraught with danger.
Answered on Jan 2, 2017
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