A 31-year-old member asked:
Is it actually true that an mri of the neck will detect esophageal cancer?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
General Surgery 56 years experience
Unlikely: There are some lesions in the pharynx and high esophagus that might be detected by neck level studies
most are by esophagoscope, swallow x-rays, ct scans.
5.2k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Radiology 50 years experience
See answer: The majority of the esophagus is in the chest, not the neck. Depending on the field of view, the esophagus may not be included in the scanned territory. The best way to assess esophageal carcinoma is with endoscopy, not MRI – talk to your gastroenterologist.
5.2k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated May 28, 2016
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.