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A 30-year-old female asked:

I understand that a ct scan is better than a mri for detection of lung cancer; however, will a mri still pick up lung cancer most of the times?

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
A low dose chest CT is usually recommended to screen for lung cancer. The MRI may reveal abnormal findings, if a CT was not indicated.
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Dr. Sridhar Shankar
Specializes in Radiology
MRI ais very complex. If, for some reason, they do an MRI to screen for lung cancer, it is possible they will pick it up if big enough but also quite possibly it will be missed. MRI is better at contrast resolution and CT is better at spatial resolution if that makes sense.
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Last updated Sep 30, 2021

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