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Can a CT scan of abdomen detect cancer?

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Dr. Alfred Parkhill Hand
20 years experience in Radiology
Yes, but: Yes it can, but not always, and not all kinds of cancer. There are many variables: whether or not IV contrast is used, whether or not oral contrast is used, the timing of the scan after contrast, etc. A radiologist can tailor the scan to look for certain tumors if they know what kind you are looking for. But an obvious tumor is usually visible on most ct scans.
Answered on Mar 26, 2019

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