A member asked:

Would cancer show up in a full spine mri?

6 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Chaim Colen answered

Specializes in Neurosurgery

Spinal cancer: If the cancer is in the spine, then a post contrast MRI would like demonstrate the cancer.

Answered 11/28/2017


Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum answered

Specializes in Radiation Oncology

Few extra ideas: Dr. Colen is right, but there are some gotchas. 1. If it is all over the whole spine (in the bones) and looks uniform, it can be missed. This is akin to a "super scan" for a bone scan. If in the marrow like leukemia and uniform, it can be missed. If very early, small lesions can be hard to call, even if you suspect them. Spine mrii's are hard to read: flow artifact, cuts on the fields...

Answered 8/1/2018



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