A 37-year-old member asked:
would cancer show up in a full spine mri?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Chaim Colen answered
18 years experience Neurosurgery
Spinal cancer: If the cancer is in the spine, then a post contrast MRI would like demonstrate the cancer.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum answered
30 years experience 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 on Aug 1, 2018
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