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Is a pet scan used for colon cancer detection instead of a colonoscopy?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology
8 doctors agree

In brief: No

Pet scans are used for staging cancer (assess if it has spread to other tissues), not for screening.

In brief: No

Pet scans are used for staging cancer (assess if it has spread to other tissues), not for screening.
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
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Dr. Donald Kim
Surgery - Colorectal
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

This is not a primary modality to identify a cancer, especially a colon cancer.
It is used to better define metastatic disease in appropriate situations. A colonoscopy is your best test to identify a colon cancer if present.

In brief: No

This is not a primary modality to identify a cancer, especially a colon cancer.
It is used to better define metastatic disease in appropriate situations. A colonoscopy is your best test to identify a colon cancer if present.
Dr. Donald Kim
Dr. Donald Kim
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

The standard method to detect colon cancer is a colonscopy- plus it gives the doctor a chance to get a biopsy at the same time.
A pet is a very useful test for figuring out the extent of colon cancer once a diagnosis has been made- it is not used as a test to detect cancer at present..

In brief: No

The standard method to detect colon cancer is a colonscopy- plus it gives the doctor a chance to get a biopsy at the same time.
A pet is a very useful test for figuring out the extent of colon cancer once a diagnosis has been made- it is not used as a test to detect cancer at present..
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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