4 doctors weighed in:

Can KUB show polyps and/or colon cancer?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Not usually

Polyps and Colin cancer are soft tissue conditions, and do do not typically show up on X-ray.
The main exceptions to this are if they are calcified, if they are causing a bowel obstruction ( you can diagnose the obstruction but not the cancer), or if contrast is given in the GI tract first ( known as a upper or lower GI series). Ct scan is the radiologic test of choice, colonoscopy shows as wel

In brief: Not usually

Polyps and Colin cancer are soft tissue conditions, and do do not typically show up on X-ray.
The main exceptions to this are if they are calcified, if they are causing a bowel obstruction ( you can diagnose the obstruction but not the cancer), or if contrast is given in the GI tract first ( known as a upper or lower GI series). Ct scan is the radiologic test of choice, colonoscopy shows as wel
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Dr. Steven Hebert
Pathology

In brief: Possibly

It's not unheard of to see abnormalities on a KUB but that's not the correct way to look for polyps.
A colonoscopy is a very reliable way to detect polyps.

In brief: Possibly

It's not unheard of to see abnormalities on a KUB but that's not the correct way to look for polyps.
A colonoscopy is a very reliable way to detect polyps.
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology

In brief: Not in the vast

majority of cases.

In brief: Not in the vast

majority of cases.
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Dr. James Brockenbrough
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Very unlikely

Detail not good enough for polyps, but if a colon cancer has obstructing signs, it may give clues on KUB, suggesting other more detailed studies, i.
e. CT.

In brief: Very unlikely

Detail not good enough for polyps, but if a colon cancer has obstructing signs, it may give clues on KUB, suggesting other more detailed studies, i.
e. CT.
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