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What would cancer look like in an X-ray of the spine?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Very Variable

It may not be detectable on an x-ray or could mimic another process like an infection or trauma.
2 classic presentations are called blastic or lytic- blastic appearance is when the region affected appears denser and lytic is when the affected region looks as if someone took n eraser to the area ; looks less dense. There are other image studies such as a bone scan or MRI that can help deliniate.

In brief: Very Variable

It may not be detectable on an x-ray or could mimic another process like an infection or trauma.
2 classic presentations are called blastic or lytic- blastic appearance is when the region affected appears denser and lytic is when the affected region looks as if someone took n eraser to the area ; looks less dense. There are other image studies such as a bone scan or MRI that can help deliniate.
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Several

There are several possibilities.
It might not show up at all and the x-ray could be normal. There could be simple demineralization of bone. There can be destruction of certain processes of vertebra(e). There could be "punched out" holes, or there could be too much mineralization (osteoblasts lesions).

In brief: Several

There are several possibilities.
It might not show up at all and the x-ray could be normal. There could be simple demineralization of bone. There can be destruction of certain processes of vertebra(e). There could be "punched out" holes, or there could be too much mineralization (osteoblasts lesions).
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