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Is it appropriate to have a CT scan for a bone cyst?

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Dr. Richard Mcgee
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

The issue is usualy being sure it is a bone cyst and not something more sinister- so imaging is one way to help decide this- sometimes a simple xray picture suffices, sometimes a ct or mr scan or bone scan is needed.
Sometimes there is enough uncertainty that a biopsy of the area is needed- often with just a needle.

In brief: Sometimes

The issue is usualy being sure it is a bone cyst and not something more sinister- so imaging is one way to help decide this- sometimes a simple xray picture suffices, sometimes a ct or mr scan or bone scan is needed.
Sometimes there is enough uncertainty that a biopsy of the area is needed- often with just a needle.
Dr. Richard Mcgee
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Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology
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In brief: May not be necessary

If it is known to be a bone cyst (by x-rays perhaps), and there are no symptoms or concerns, then a ct is probably not necessary.
However, if there is any question based on history or the x-ray appearance, then ct may be appropriate.

In brief: May not be necessary

If it is known to be a bone cyst (by x-rays perhaps), and there are no symptoms or concerns, then a ct is probably not necessary.
However, if there is any question based on history or the x-ray appearance, then ct may be appropriate.
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Dr. Joseph Accurso
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In brief: Yes

Yes.

In brief: Yes

Yes.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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