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In my neck MRI dr found two white spot on spine what does it means tumor or cancer?

In my neck MRI dr found two white spot on spine what does it means tumor or cancer?

Hard to know: This is a good question for your doctor. White spots can be many things, including normal. Are the spots on the bones in your neck, or on the spinal cord? How big are they? Why did you have the neck mri? Ask your doctor for the MRI report and come back to tell us what it says. We will be able to help you more with that information! ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I was diagnosed with testicular cancer on 7/22/12, removed 7/25/12. Blood work good, CT scan shows 4mm, 6mm, 12mm spot on liver, your thoughts, MRI 10/9?

I was diagnosed with testicular cancer on 7/22/12, removed 7/25/12. Blood work good, CT scan shows 4mm, 6mm, 12mm spot on liver, your thoughts, MRI 10/9?

Need treatments: Most likely you will have needle biopsy of liver lesion, fortunately the the chemotherapy is very effective be confident you will have excellent chance of remission, good example cyclist l armstrong speak to your oncologist. ...Read more

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Have had a deep ache in upper back over two years same spot. Had spine MRI it was ok. Chest xray ok. If I had lung cancer would it have shown itself?

Have had a deep ache in upper back over two years same spot. Had spine MRI it was ok. Chest xray ok. If I had lung cancer would it have shown itself?

We cannot help you!: We have done the best we can do for you via emails! . It is now time that you go seek help from a doctor who can examine you and test you till you are satisfied. Once one doctor gets tired, you can seek a second opinion. After that you have to begin trusting your doctors more than your own mind. Good luck! ...Read more

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What do cancer spots on the kidney look like on an mri?

What do cancer spots on the kidney look like on an mri?

Tumor: I'm not familiar with the term "cancer spots". Typically, renal or kidney cancer shows up as a mass that enhances or brightens up after giving contrast. ...Read more

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On my mri it said probable adenomyosis, since it says "probable" I am concerned- is there a chance these spots on the muscular wall are cancer?

On my mri it said probable adenomyosis, since it says "probable" I am concerned- is there a chance these spots on the muscular wall are cancer?

Not likely: Adenomyosis is normal endometrium displaced into the muscle wall of the uterus. Can cause pelvic/uterine pain, sometimes requires hysterectomy to control pain. ...Read more

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Choroidal melanoma (1994). No issues since treatment til now. U/s shows 2 spots liver (8.2cm/2.1cm), waiting on mri. If cancer would this likely be considered metastasized from original cancer?

Choroidal melanoma (1994). No issues since treatment til now. U/s shows 2 spots liver (8.2cm/2.1cm), waiting on mri. If cancer would this likely be considered metastasized from original cancer?

It depends...: If the lesion is suspicious for malignancy by mri, your doctor most likely will schedule a biopsy. The pathologist who reads the biopsy will decide the cell type that is there. If the cell type is melanoma, then it will be considered a metastasis. Many other different cell types can be seen in liver biopsies. If it is a new cell type (carcinoma, lymphoma, or sarcoma), it would be a new cancer. ...Read more

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Would an MRI be able to show pituitary cancer?

Would an MRI be able to show pituitary cancer?

Perhaps: Mri of the brain with contrast (gado) can show a pituitary tumor but it won't always distinguish cancer from benign tumor. You will need a biopsy (surgical) to fully confirm the diagnosis. Please discuss fully with your neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Would an MRI scan show cancer of the esophagous?

Would an MRI scan show cancer of the esophagous?

See answer: Endoscopy is the best exam for identifying an esophageal cancer! a barium esophogram may also help in detection. Chest ct or MRI may have benefit in staging a known esophageal cancer - discuss with you dr. ...Read more

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A MRI show abnormalities in marrow. Can that means cancer?

A MRI show abnormalities in marrow. Can that means cancer?

No but needs w/up: There's many marrow changes 2 b seen on a mr & r benign. Edema can b cn from an injury. This is only a finding & a piece of the puzzle, it along with your complaints, lab work & if there's still a question a marrow biopsy. ...Read more

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Mri without contrast detect hemanginoma at t 2? Could they tell if it is a hemanginoma and not cancer?

Mri without contrast detect hemanginoma at t 2? Could they tell if it is a hemanginoma and not cancer?

Need more info: You need to get more information from your doc and radiologist. What is the size of the hemangioma? Definitive diagnosis is by biopsy. Level of certainty of MRI is best assessed by the interpreting physician. ...Read more

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What can cause a reactive post auricular node just under 1cm for 2 years... Hasn't got bigger. I had an mri... All clear. Cancer scares me. I'm 23.

What can cause a reactive post auricular node just under 1cm for 2 years... Hasn't got bigger. I had an mri... All clear. Cancer scares me. I'm 23.

Do not worry: Even mild issues like dandruff can cause pre-auricular lymph node to become palpable. If it has not grown in two years, let it be. ...Read more

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Does MRI show cancer?

Does MRI show cancer?

MRI provides an: Anatomic image. It shows normal and unexpected things characterizing make up and behavior. Suggests benign or malignant, but need biopsy to prove.. ...Read more

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What does cancer look like on an mri?

It depends: Cancer can look different depending on what part of the body that it occurs. ...Read more

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Will MRI scans show cancer?

Will MRI scans show cancer?

Depends: Mri is very good at showing abnormal tissue from normal tissues and can pick up various cancers very well. Some cancers, however, can be small and not well seen on mri. Some may be better seen on ct. Cancers involve in the stomach and colon are usually not well seen and may require endoscopy or colonscopy. Some breast cancers are also better seen on mammograms than mri. ...Read more

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Would cancer show up in a full spine mri?

Would cancer show up in a full spine mri?

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

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Is an indeterminate intramuscular lesion on an MRI always mean cancer?

Is an indeterminate intramuscular lesion on an MRI always mean cancer?

Not necessarily: That is why it is called an indeterminate lesion. Best is to have your physician discuss with the radiologist who read it for their best opinion and then see an orthopedist who specializes in tumors. If appropriate, a biopsy is sometimes needed to determine the exact cause. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it normal to have one ovary policyctic. MRI done but cysts look benign. Does this rules out cancer?

Is it normal to have one ovary policyctic. MRI done but cysts look benign. Does this rules out cancer?

No test can: Absolutely exclude cancer, but if the cyst (s) are simple cysts with benign imaging features, it is highly improbable that they would be cancerous. ...Read more

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I am concerned about aneurysms in any part of my body as well as cancer, will a full body MRI rule out these conditions?

I am concerned about aneurysms in any part of my body as well as cancer, will a full body MRI rule out these conditions?

MRI: These full body scans are usually more problems than good. They typically find incidental finding which create more tests and neurosis. When thrusts norm they lull the patient into a false sense of security. Get a careful exam based on risk factors to see what you need. ...Read more

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Would you have to have contrast with a MRI to dismiss cancer? I have a hemanginoma at t2. Could this be cancer instead since I had it with no contras

Well this is complex: Vertebral hemangioma is a common entity and seen in perhaps 1 in 5 patients. Its is very common. Cancer in a 39 yo is uncommon and unlikely but not impossible. Although a pre and post test might help a little it would be far more useful to obtain any old exams which included this area and see if it was present and stable. This is rarely done. They usually order more tests. ...Read more

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IMPN on Pancreas.3mm. Stable for 2 1/2 years. They just follow with MRI. Is this definitely cancer? Should it be removed? Would this size cause symptoms

IMPN on Pancreas.3mm. Stable for 2 1/2 years. They just follow with MRI. Is this definitely cancer? Should it be removed? Would this size cause symptoms

It is Not Cancer: Anything this small (3mm) is of no consequence unless it is increasing in size over a short period of time. We get concerned if it were to be >1CM in size and growing over a period of few months. So you can relax and quit worrying about Cancer. The doctors should consider not doing any more MRIs since they have not shown any change in this nodule (What is IMPN??).Do not use such abbreviations! ...Read more

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I had a 15cm X 8 cm schwannoma removed in october. The MRI showed something in its place today. Is it possible that the tumor regrown. Can it b cancer?

Interpretation: The MRI may be detecting localized scar tissue or some residual Schwannoma, and there is no reason to suspect a new problem such as "cancer". However, you will gain far more information from the radiologist and your surgeon. Ask questions today. ...Read more

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Can MRI detect stomach cancers?

Can MRI detect stomach cancers?

Depends: It would depend on the type and stage of cancer. Some stomach cancers spread superficially through the mucosa and may not be detectable by MRI. Biopsy and examination of the tissue by a pathologist is the gold standard. ...Read more

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Is an MRI used to detect breast cancer?

Is an MRI used to detect breast cancer?

Sometimes: Mris are more sensitive than mammograms for detecting breast cancer, especially in young women +/-those with very dense breast tissue; however, they are 20x the cost. Therefore, we reserve mris for women with >20% lifetime risk for breast cancer. They are also very useful for determining if an implant has ruptured, and determining the extent of breast cancer if someone may need mastectomy. ...Read more

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Can MRI miss ovarian cancer?

Can MRI miss ovarian cancer?

Yes possible: Diagnosis of ovarian cancer is a complex process, from family history, to examination by gyn doctor, various preliminary tests, MRI can miss small lesions. Speak to your gyn doctor, and go for regular visits. ...Read more

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What does and MRI look like if bone cancer is found?

What does and MRI look like if bone cancer is found?

It is a good imaging: Mri is a good imaging tool for sarcomas. It will show the normal anatomy of the bone and the additional growth arising from the bone and we can see the exact dimensions of the cancer and its local extent of spread and invasion into the surrounding tissues. ...Read more

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How long does it take for MRI results if I have liver cancer?

A few days: The MRI is usually read by the radiologist within 24-48 hours after having been completed. It may take a day or two to get the results to the ordering physician. You should be able to get the results from that office by calling and requesting the results. ...Read more

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Is there some risk of cancer with ultrasound and MRI or absolutely not?

Is there some risk of cancer with ultrasound and MRI or absolutely not?

Probably not: Ultrasound has no known risk of cancer, MRI radiation may contribute to cancer if the radiation dose gets EXTREMELY high ...Read more

Dr. Bradford Patt
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more