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Doctors sometimes request a bone scan, CT or MRI scan before deciding on the best course of treatment. Why is this?
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Rishi Kumar
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Find/confirm illness
With any imaging method (mri, ultrasound, etc.
..), the pros/cons must be weighed. What information will the imaging provide to arrive at a diagnosis? Is it cost effective (although patients seldom worry about the cost)? Do i need a live, real-time view (as in ultrasound) or a more detailed view (as in ct/mri)? Is the patient at higher risk of harm from radiation (try to avoid in pregnancy), etc...

In brief: Find/confirm illness
With any imaging method (mri, ultrasound, etc.
..), the pros/cons must be weighed. What information will the imaging provide to arrive at a diagnosis? Is it cost effective (although patients seldom worry about the cost)? Do i need a live, real-time view (as in ultrasound) or a more detailed view (as in ct/mri)? Is the patient at higher risk of harm from radiation (try to avoid in pregnancy), etc...
Rishi Kumar
Rishi Kumar
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Different Results
This scans look at different things and give the physician different information.
The bone scan looks at bone metabolism. The ct and MRI look at bone anatomy. Ct is better at imaging certain parts of the body than MRI and vice versa.

In brief: Different Results
This scans look at different things and give the physician different information.
The bone scan looks at bone metabolism. The ct and MRI look at bone anatomy. Ct is better at imaging certain parts of the body than MRI and vice versa.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Dr. Thomas Heston
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