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Does an X-ray detect a tumor/cancer in the neck?

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not exactly

X-rays help you detect abnormalities such as a mass that is not normal but they do not tell you what that mass is.
In order to figure this out you need to have a biopsy. The tissue obtained at the time of a biopsy is then reviewed by a pathologist who can help identify whether the mass is consistent with cancer. Other imaging tests like ct scans or MRI can be more helpful in delineating anatomy.

In brief: Not exactly

X-rays help you detect abnormalities such as a mass that is not normal but they do not tell you what that mass is.
In order to figure this out you need to have a biopsy. The tissue obtained at the time of a biopsy is then reviewed by a pathologist who can help identify whether the mass is consistent with cancer. Other imaging tests like ct scans or MRI can be more helpful in delineating anatomy.
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
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Dr. Della Howell
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

If it's just a plain / regular x-ray study, many cancers in the neck will not be picked up using this method.
However, a cat scan (ct), MRI or ultrasound study may be more likely to detect a cancer in the neck.

In brief: Maybe

If it's just a plain / regular x-ray study, many cancers in the neck will not be picked up using this method.
However, a cat scan (ct), MRI or ultrasound study may be more likely to detect a cancer in the neck.
Dr. Della Howell
Dr. Della Howell
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