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Can MRI scan of lungs detect cancer accurately? Or whether nodule is caused by an infection , can it detect nature of infection without broncoscopy

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Dr. Craig Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Limited

Radiology studies are designed to identify the presence of a mass.
While it can suggest the nature of the mass, it cannot give a positive diagnosis. Once the mass is seen, this needs to be followed by a procedure to obtain a diagnosis.

In brief: Limited

Radiology studies are designed to identify the presence of a mass.
While it can suggest the nature of the mass, it cannot give a positive diagnosis. Once the mass is seen, this needs to be followed by a procedure to obtain a diagnosis.
Dr. Craig Carter
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Dr. Ralph White
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: No

An MRI can suggest that is nodule is cancer, but a biopsy done either thru a bronchoscope or a needle biopsy thru the chest is needed for a diagnosis.
If by cat scan of the chest, which is preferred for evaluation of nodules, suggests cancer, or has grown with no evidence of cancer elsewhere and good lungs a surgical biopsy can be done.

In brief: No

An MRI can suggest that is nodule is cancer, but a biopsy done either thru a bronchoscope or a needle biopsy thru the chest is needed for a diagnosis.
If by cat scan of the chest, which is preferred for evaluation of nodules, suggests cancer, or has grown with no evidence of cancer elsewhere and good lungs a surgical biopsy can be done.
Dr. Ralph White
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