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Is it possible to get Liver Cancer from one chest CT scan? please help. Worried.

Is it possible to get Liver Cancer from one chest CT scan? please help. Worried.

No, not even 2 scans: Patients get CT scans all over the world, every day. As long as there is a good reason for the scan, it is fine to do. If repeated scans are planned, to follow some sort of serious illness, a patient can ask his doctor what other options there are, in order to decrease the total number of scans in his lifetime. Having repeated CT scans, over and over, can add up to much x-ray exposure. ...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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What is better X-ray to find liver cancer CT or pet scan or some other?

What is better X-ray to find liver cancer CT or pet scan or some other?

Depends: For primary liver cancer , i would recommend ct or mr . For metastatic disease , especially a GI cancer, i would start with pet/ct. ...Read more

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Can 2 CT scans , 4 us during last 4 years picked up liver cancer? Ruq pain since 2007 and no diagnosis yet, would I be dead by now if it was cancer in 08?

Can 2 CT scans , 4 us during last 4 years picked up liver cancer? Ruq  pain since 2007 and no diagnosis  yet, would I be dead by now if it was cancer in 08?

Yes and maybe.: Ct and us are both sensitive at detecting cancer. If they haven't seen it on the 6 combined studies it is unlikely to be a problem and is certainly not causing discomfort since any cancer large enough to produce that would certainly be visible. If you had primary or even worse - metastatic - liver ca in 2008 it is very likely you would have passed by now. ...Read more

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What are the chances an ultrasound, Mri/mrcp, ercp, and ct scans or imaging miss advanced liver cancer?

What are the chances an  ultrasound, Mri/mrcp, ercp, and ct scans or imaging miss advanced liver cancer?

If it is tailored: For liver mass, and technically adequate(i.e. no artifacts that might obscure anatomy), it would be nearly impossible to miss a large liver tumor. ...Read more

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Can liver cancer be seen on CT without contrast?

Can liver cancer be seen on CT without contrast?

Yes: Ct scan of the liver can be seen without contrast, however specific findings can be enhanced with contrast. ...Read more

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Ct w/contrast. Low attenuation throughout the hepatic parenchyma. Blood is ALKP 90 ALT 45 AST 28 CRP 1.7. Do I have liver cancer?

Ct w/contrast. Low attenuation throughout the hepatic parenchyma. Blood is ALKP 90 ALT 45 AST 28 CRP 1.7. Do I have liver cancer?

Not the right tests: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, the tests you reported on are not correct ones for diagnosing liver cancer. Serum alpha feto protein level may help. From the info you provided, it is unlikely that you have liver cancer. ...Read more

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I have had a liver lesion since 2007 that was never followed up on until now and a CT scan with barium was ordered...Why? Is it to look for cancer?

I have had a liver lesion since 2007 that was never followed up on until now and a CT scan with barium was ordered...Why? Is it to look for cancer?

Probably not.: In a young woman, most common liver tumors are benign hemangioma, but hepatoma is possible, with increased likelihood if you are on birth control pills. Enlarging liver masses sometimes need surgery to keep them from causing bleeding, even if they aren't cancerous. You are young: if this is liver, think about asking for ultrasound or an MRI with Eovist instead, to avoid the small radiation risk. ...Read more

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Two areas showed up on CT scan 2 1/2 months ago liver & abdom lymph both Biopsied & negative. Repeat scan showed growth. Could it be Cancer returned?

Two areas showed up on CT scan 2 1/2 months ago liver & abdom lymph both Biopsied & negative.  Repeat scan showed growth. Could it be Cancer returned?

Suspect cancer: In someone with prior cancer, this secenario makes me suspect recurrence of cancer in the lymph nodes and in the liver. What did your doctor tell you and advise you to do? You should see your oncologist if you have had one in the past ...Read more

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Does heterogeneous enhancing mass typically mean cancer? A CT scan in ER found a 6 cm by 4 cm mass on liver and I’m trying to understand what that means.

Does heterogeneous enhancing mass typically mean cancer? A CT scan in ER  found a 6 cm by 4 cm mass on liver and I’m trying to understand what that means.

It is really: impossible to say without further information or without reviewing the images. Various benign and malignant liver masses can enhance. The probability of malignancy depends on a number of imaging and clinical variables. ...Read more

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I had a ct scan done on 12/2/15 it says I have extended gall bladder, fatty liver I have a history of cancer, should I be concerned? thank you

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I had a ct scan done on 12/2/15 it says I have extended gall bladder, fatty liver I have a history of cancer, should I be concerned? thank you

Probably: The problem you have even without a history of cancer (what type?) would be worrisome. You need to consult a GI doctor to get an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have stage 2b prostate cancer and a small low dense lesiion was found in the dome of my liver during ct scan with contrast. Could this mean Metases?

I have stage 2b prostate cancer and a small low dense lesiion was found in the dome of my liver during ct scan with contrast. Could this mean Metases?

Slight possibility: A metastasis to the liver in your situation is very unlikely. However, "Never say always or never". It should be followed up with other studies to make sure it is not a metastasis. There is also the possibility that it is caused by a condition other than the prostate cancer. Have you been treated for the primary prostate cancer? ...Read more

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Will a ct scan without contrast show pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer? Or damage to the liver?

Will a ct scan without contrast show pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer?  Or damage to the liver?

Yes: In some cases a noncontrast ct scan can show pancreatic cancer,changes that could suggest pancreatic inflammation and liver diseases. However a negative scan does not rule out these diseases. ...Read more

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Can a ct scan detect liver failure in metastic colon cancer?

Can a ct scan detect liver failure in metastic colon cancer?

No: A CAT scan is used to visually define the extent of metastatic colon cancer in the liver should metastasis be present. Liver failure is a condition measured by functional abnormalities that occur within the liver usually due to parenchymal damage such as inflammation from hepatitis . Here one measures serum enzymes and the presence of elevated alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin in serum. ...Read more

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Ct scan showed spot on liver, have colon cancer but ultrasound came back negative does it mean it was wrong?

Ct scan showed  spot on liver, have colon cancer but ultrasound came back negative does it mean it was wrong?

Pet or MRI may help: Other imaging modalities may help further clarify if this finding in ct is suspicious for malignancy or more likely benign if the ct and ultrasound have not been more specific. If u have older ct scans to compare and this is indeed new, then further clarification is needed. This all has to be taken into context of the bigger clinical picture including cea as well as the rest of your body. ...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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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more