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How accurate is a ct scan for lung cancer?

How accurate is a ct scan for lung cancer?

CT Chest: has a high sensitivity for detecting lung cancer, approximately 95%, so CT will detect the vast majority of lung cancers. ...Read more

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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 is CT scan usual result for lung cancer?

What is CT scan usual result for lung cancer?

"Nodule": A solid mass or nodule however it is difficult to define benign vs malignant. Pet/ct may more helpful where there is suspicion. However, this may also limited in differentiating infection/ inflammation from cancer. That being said, imaging does not arrive at a pathological diagnosis. When possible, any suspicion of lung cancer requires pathological confirmation through a biopsy. ...Read more

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How accurate is a ct scan for lung cancer and espohagal cancer?

How accurate is a ct scan for lung cancer and espohagal cancer?

Depending: on the technical factors of the scan, highly sensitive for detecting lung cancer, less so so for esophageal cancers. Small esophageal cancers may be undetectable on CT, endoscopy is the best way to evaluate for that possibility(also biopsy can be performed at the time of endoscopy). ...Read more

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Is it possible to get lung cancer from a spiral CT scan?

Is it possible to get lung cancer from a spiral CT scan?

Possible Not Likely: Medical radiation is estimated to cause about 1% of cancers. Patients trested with radiation therapy have about a 0.5% chance of having a radiation related 2nd cancer. The risk from a single spiral ct is considerably less and would likely occur 10-20 years after the exposure. Bottom line is that tests like ct scans should only be ordered for good reasons. ...Read more

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Is it feasible to have had small cell lung cancer causing malabsorption for 1 year but not show on CT scan.

Is it feasible to have had small cell  lung cancer causing malabsorption for 1 year but not show on CT scan.

No: Although a negative CT does not guarantee that you are totally free of cancer cells, your malabsorption has nothing to do with the cancer. If you have received radiation for the condition, then that Rx might potentially though unlikely lead to GI changes. ...Read more

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Is it true that the primary tumor in small cell lung cancer is often occult? Does this mean even a CT scan can't see it? Do we only detect on spread

At some point: in its development, every cancer is "occult" because it originates on a microscopic level. CT has a high sensitivity for detecting lung cancer, approximately 95%, so CT will detect the vast majority of lung cancers. ...Read more

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Is a MRI better for lung cancer or a ct scan?

Is a MRI better for lung cancer or a ct scan?

CT scan: is the study of choice. MRI is generally not useful in evaluating the lungs for nodules/masses, due to relatively longer scan times, the breathing motion of the lungs creates an artifact that limits visualization. ...Read more

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Is it possible that CT scan shows no pleural masses while I have lung cancer and massive effusion?

Is it possible that CT scan shows no pleural masses while I have lung cancer and massive effusion?

Unusual but yes.: CT scans have limited resolution. They do NOT see everything. Usually large pleural effusions come from significant disease, but not always cancer. The only way to tell is to have the pleural effusion drained & sent for cytology & other testing (culture). The lab techs can spin down the fluid, isolate cells or bacteria that may be causing it. Talk to a pulmonologist or your primary doc. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can one chest CT scan damage lung and cause lung cancer ?

Can one chest CT scan damage lung and cause lung cancer ?

Not likely: The natural exposure one might get just from where you live may exceed 3msv per year. Living in denver, you might be exposed to 6msv per year. Risk of developing cancer from a properly conducted ct scan is low. I believe the estimated average radiation exposure for a single chest ct is about 5-7msv. A low dose chest ct is about 2msv. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...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