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Is it possible for my husband's doctor to know from a CT scan that he has cancer and needs surgery?
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Dr. Craig Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Ct scans are imaging studies and can tell if there are possible problems, they cannot be used to make pathological diagnoses.
Any findings on ct scan should be followed a procedure to obtain a biopsy. This information should be used to give a better picture of what is going on.

In brief: No
Ct scans are imaging studies and can tell if there are possible problems, they cannot be used to make pathological diagnoses.
Any findings on ct scan should be followed a procedure to obtain a biopsy. This information should be used to give a better picture of what is going on.
Dr. Craig Carter
Dr. Craig Carter
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Maybe
In regards to lung cancer, if someone fits a certain demographic: smoker or former smoker (>100 lifetime cigarettes), male and age >40, and a suspicious nodule or mass on chest ct, then the pretest probability of that abnormality being a lung cancer is > 90%.

In brief: Maybe
In regards to lung cancer, if someone fits a certain demographic: smoker or former smoker (>100 lifetime cigarettes), male and age >40, and a suspicious nodule or mass on chest ct, then the pretest probability of that abnormality being a lung cancer is > 90%.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Eric Toloza
depends also on the characteristics of the lung nodule or mass ... some smaller, smooth lung nodules may be benign and can be monitored with serial CT scans
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