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Can a CT scan pick up an acoustic neuroma?

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Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Not usually

Ct scans use x-rays and are better for imaging bones than soft tissue.
A large acoustic neuroma may be seen on ct scan, but MRI with a contrast medium is able to detect small acoustic neuromas that may only be several millimeters in size. Mri uses a magnet for imaging which also has the benefit of no x-ray exposure.

In brief: Not usually

Ct scans use x-rays and are better for imaging bones than soft tissue.
A large acoustic neuroma may be seen on ct scan, but MRI with a contrast medium is able to detect small acoustic neuromas that may only be several millimeters in size. Mri uses a magnet for imaging which also has the benefit of no x-ray exposure.
Dr. Neil Giddings
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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery

In brief: Often

Both ct and MRI can reveal an acoustic neuroma.
Mri is generally more sensitive and may show the tumor earlier.

In brief: Often

Both ct and MRI can reveal an acoustic neuroma.
Mri is generally more sensitive and may show the tumor earlier.
Dr. Seth Zeidman
Dr. Seth Zeidman
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