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What are symptoms of ovarian cancer? Can an MRI help in this case more than an ultrasound?

What are symptoms of ovarian cancer? Can an MRI help in this case more than an ultrasound?

Ovarian CA: The initial screening test for women high risk for ovarian ca is an ultrasound and measurement of ca-125 a serum test. If the urtrasound is suspicious then an MRI or a special ct is done. Depends on the institution. ...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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Can you determine breast cancer with an MRI with contrast?

Can you determine breast cancer with an MRI with contrast?

Breast cancer: All imaging studies help you evaluate the extent of disease. Mri is a very valuable tool. ...Read more

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Is it possible for physicians to miss the dx. Of cancer on an MRI when it has spread all the way to your brain?

Is it possible for physicians to miss the dx. Of cancer on an MRI when it has spread all the way to your brain?

Not often: Mri is quite good at recognizing metastatic cancer in the brain, once a tumor had grown to the size at which it can be detected...Usually a few millimeters in diameter. Mri cannot detect microscopic spread. Of course, it is always possible for MRI films to be misread, as those who read them are human and might make a mistake. ...Read more

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If someone has pancreatic cancer and an MRI was done that showed a new tumor (liver) does this mean it is always cancerous? Does a biopsy make sense?

If someone has pancreatic cancer and an MRI was done that showed a new tumor (liver) does this mean it is always cancerous? Does a biopsy make sense?

Maybe: Every lesion seen doesn't mean its cancer. A biopsy would make sense if you would do something different with either a positive, negative, or non-diagnostic result. If there would be nothing different done in terms if treatment, life planning, etc., twgardless of the result, them don't do it. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I am 30 year male with rectal cancer. Finished radiation. Mri report is "small lymphnode (size 4mm) is seen along inferior mesenteric vessel". What's it?

I am 30 year male with rectal cancer. Finished radiation. Mri report is "small lymphnode (size 4mm) is seen along inferior mesenteric vessel". What's it?

Most likely LN: This is most likely a lymph node (you can also feel them in the groin and neck areas0. 4 mm is indeterminate in size (thus within the range of sizes for a normal lymph node). The only way to know if it is connected with the cancer is a followup MRI in 4 to 6 months to see if it is getting bigger. ...Read more

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If I get to many CT scans are x rays. Will I get cancer eventually? And MRI s use magnets so they are fine right? And all with the contrast.

If I get to many CT scans are x rays. Will I get cancer eventually? And MRI s use magnets so they are fine right? And all with the contrast.

Yes & no: Yes, ct scans use radiation so the risk of cancer does increase with repeat exposure. Mri scans do not have this risk. However, you cannot susbtitute one for the other and they both are useful to assess different things. ...Read more

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What test is best to rule out lung cancer or lukemia? MRI with contrast or pet scan? Been having heavyness weak pulse for 6 months

What test is best to rule out lung cancer or lukemia? MRI with contrast or pet scan? Been having heavyness weak pulse for 6 months

Tests: The best test to screen for lung cancer, in my opinion, is a chest ct scan as a conventional chest xray can miss it. A simple blood test, cbc and differential, is adequate to screen for leukemia. These are screening tests but a tissue diagnosis is required in most cases for a definitive diagnosis. Your pulse description is nonspecific. An MD can check your bp and pulse to look for abnormalities ...Read more

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Can CT scan miss lung cancer? Can an MRI find it while doing scan on thorastic spine? Both without contrast

Can CT scan miss lung cancer? Can an MRI find it while doing scan on thorastic spine? Both without contrast

Both: Yes. And yes. However, since mris are very hard to obtain of the lungs due to lung movement, ct scans are much more useful and diagnosing lung cancer. ...Read more

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My former endocrinologist told me that I was likely going to develop cancer from several mris I have had to follow a pituitary adenoma and benign liver tumor. Are mris causing cancer in patients?

My former endocrinologist told me that I was likely going to develop cancer from several mris I have had to follow a pituitary adenoma and benign liver tumor. Are mris causing cancer in patients?

Nonsense: Mris use powerful magnets to harmlessly and temporarily change the orientation of atoms in your tissues. They then use radio waves to visualize the image. The change of atom spin and orientation has no effect on the molecules or their function. The type of radiation that causes cancer is ionizing radiation. You get exposed to that with ct scans, xrays, air travel, etc. But not mris. Fear not. ...Read more

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Is there any possible way that my doctor could have mistakin cancer on an MRI of my upper back for arthritis?

Is there any possible way that my doctor could have mistakin cancer on an MRI of my upper back for arthritis?

Not likely: I understand your concern as I assume you are having significant pain in your back. However, cancer and arthritis usually appear very different on mris. First, tell your doctor (who ordered the mri) about your concern about cancer. He or she may view the MRI personally or ask a second radiologist to check again for the possibility of cancer. Cancer is always looked for in cases of back pain. ...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

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I have middle back pain that doesn't start hurting until I am up a while. I had mri. If I had cancer would MRI caught it?

I have middle back pain that doesn't start hurting until I am up a while. I had mri. If I had cancer would MRI caught it?

YES IT WILL: The pain comes after you are up and about. It is more likely to be muscular but it may be originnating from the spine but unlikely
mri will show the bones and if there is herniated or bulging disc ot spinal stenosis.Consult your doctor, it is very unlikely that you have cancer but have it checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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What does back pain feel like if you have cancer? I have had MRI didn't show any mass or tumors

What does back pain feel like if you have cancer? I have had MRI didn't show any mass or tumors

Constant: Constant that is not influenced by position of the legs. Usually described as biting or sharp; not electric or shooting. ...Read more

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Can they distinquish the differenece between chronic pancreatits and pancreatic cancer on mri?

Can they distinquish the differenece between chronic pancreatits and pancreatic cancer on mri?

Dominant mass?: If there seems to be a dominant mass in pancreas that seems abnormal, you deserve to have tissue obtained and sent to the pathology team for diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's better for diagnosing pancreatic cancer.... Ct scan or mri? I've had normal ultrasound and CT scan with contrast. Still worried.

What's better for diagnosing pancreatic cancer.... Ct scan or mri? I've had normal ultrasound and CT scan with contrast. Still worried.

Why worried?: Why are you worried? Do you have symptoms or abnormal labs?

If the ct was normal and used a specific pancreas protocol, then an MRI of the pan creas may be the best next test. Since it does not use radiation, there is little risk for you. ...Read more

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What's better for diagnosing pancreatic cancer? Ct scan or mri? 34yr male. I've had normal ultrasound and CT scan with contrast. Still worried.

What's better for diagnosing pancreatic cancer? Ct scan or mri? 34yr male. I've had normal ultrasound and CT scan with contrast. Still worried.

CT, ERCP, MRCP: Thin-slice (3 mm) ct abdomen yields fine detail of pancreatic structures... Blood tests including tumor markers: ca-19-9, ca-15-3, and CEA can alert the clinician for ca. Also, ERCP w/ ductal brushings (though its endoscopy) can search for malignancy. Finally, mrcp may add to the clinical picture, but 64-bit ct is slowly encroaching on the former's superiority. ...Read more

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Is this a sign of ovarian cancer or cervical cancer MRI shows bilateral ovarian cysts and small follicles also present on right ovary and iliac node?

No: It is hard to say with the information provided, but the MRI finding sounds benign, non-cancerous. Of course the ordering physician and official radiology report are more important than someone that does not know the full story. ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer symptoms MRI showed chronic pancreatitis, heart disease and fat liver, what is the chance that they might find a cancer there too?

Pancreatic cancer symptoms MRI showed chronic pancreatitis, heart disease and fat liver, what is the chance that they might find a cancer there too?

Plan to live: Chronic pancreatitis only has a slight tendency to produce cancer especially if it's hereditary, and if it was not seen on imaging, it's very unlikely to be there and you should plan to live. If you are not a longtime heavy drinker, then we need to seek the cause of your liver, heart and pancreatic disease. It may be that a healthier future awaits you with aerobic fitness as the key. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm a primary breast cancer with MRI findings of T2 hyperintense T1 isointense atypical hemangioma lesions on T6 T7. Does this sound like secondary C?

I'm a primary breast cancer with MRI findings of T2 hyperintense T1 isointense atypical hemangioma lesions on T6 T7. Does this sound like secondary C?

Frist you can't: Diagnose cancer of breast with MRI alone, definitive diagnosis is established only after biopsy only, if you did not have biopsy it may not be a cancer till proved by biopsy. Speak to your doctor and find out further management ...Read more

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Is back pain a symptom of lung cancer? I have had MRI which showed cervical steonisis and arthritis in my neck and middle back?

Is back pain a symptom of lung cancer? I have had MRI which showed cervical steonisis and arthritis in my neck and middle back?

Can be: Lung tumor invading into the spine or metastases into the vertebral bones can cause back pain. From the information provided you seem to have other explanation of back pain. ...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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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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What is an angiomyolipoma on the kidney? I am afraid of cancer. Labs all normal. Getting MRI with and without contrast next week. No symptoms.

What is an angiomyolipoma on the kidney? I am afraid of cancer. Labs all normal. Getting MRI with and without contrast next week. No symptoms.

Angiomyolipoma: These are a type of BENIGN renal neoplasm. So yes it is a cancer but it is a benign form. These are the most common benign solid kidney tumor. Most of the cases are random events typically in females and around 40 years old. The other 20% of cases have an association with certain neurological disorders. They may cause flank pain, hematuria and can spontaneously rupture causing bleeding. ...Read more

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What does lung cancer look like on a MRI scan?

What does lung cancer look like on a MRI scan?

See below: Usually MRI scans are only done to evaluate for brain lesions in patients with lung cancer. Often the MRI is done with contrast and the lesions are enhancing (take up the dye) on contrast scans, . ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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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