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What are the tests for lung nodule?

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Many options

Depends on age, size of nodule, history, and smoking history.
Options include do nothing (rare), pet scan if there is risk for cancer, follow up cts at intervals determined by experienced md. Biopsies and surgery can come, but generally after above steps. Most nodules (>95%) are not cancer, and therefore invasive procedures should be reserved for when suspicion (guided by above factors) is high.

In brief: Many options

Depends on age, size of nodule, history, and smoking history.
Options include do nothing (rare), pet scan if there is risk for cancer, follow up cts at intervals determined by experienced md. Biopsies and surgery can come, but generally after above steps. Most nodules (>95%) are not cancer, and therefore invasive procedures should be reserved for when suspicion (guided by above factors) is high.
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Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology
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In brief: Chest CT scan

To search for a lung nodule, chest ct scan is more accurate than a chest xray.
To see if a nodule is cancerous, depending on the size and location in the lung (i.E not dangerously close to the heart or aorta), a ct guided needle biopsy can be performed or a pet/ct scan can be performed.

In brief: Chest CT scan

To search for a lung nodule, chest ct scan is more accurate than a chest xray.
To see if a nodule is cancerous, depending on the size and location in the lung (i.E not dangerously close to the heart or aorta), a ct guided needle biopsy can be performed or a pet/ct scan can be performed.
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