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What does cancer look like on an mri?

What does cancer look like on an mri?

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

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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 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, .

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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.

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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.

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What do fibroids & cysts look like on MRI? How would I be able to tell them apart from cancer? Getting an ultrasound but I would like some insight.

What do fibroids & cysts look like on MRI? How would I be able to tell them apart from cancer? Getting an ultrasound but I would like some insight.

Fibroids: Broadly speaking, there are 2 general types of sequences on MRI...called T1and T2. Fibroids are usually dark on both, cysts are dark on T1 and bright on T2. Fibroids usually have non uniform or heterogenous signal, cysts more uniform/homogeneous. Fibroids originate from the uterus, cysts usually from ovaries.

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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..

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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

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Hi doctor I was wondering. If MRI can detect pancreatic cancers?

Hi doctor I was wondering. If MRI can detect pancreatic cancers?

Yes: At your age (19), the risk of pancreatic cancer is vanishingly low. The detection rate for such a tumor is quite good; it may pick up a tiny leson that's producing jaundice so if that's why you think you (or someone you care for) may have it, getting 'scoped may also be in order.

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Hi doctors is there a chance that an mri cant detect cancer in stomach?

Hi doctors is there a chance that an mri cant detect cancer in stomach?

Yes: MRI is one of the best imaging tools for detecting soft tissue masses such as tumors and cancerous products. An MRI can be used anywhere in the body.

Dr. Gary Sandler
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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