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Does mesothelioma show up on CT scan?


A CT or computerized tomography scan is related to an x-ray. In x-rays, high-energy beams pass through the patient in one direction and create a two-dimensional image that can distinguish bone, muscle, metal and other types of tissue. In CT, the body is scanned from many different directions while inside a large cylinder. The images are spliced together using software to create a 3D rendering of the body.


CT scans are very high-resolution and can identify the location of tumors. They are a key tool in diagnosing mesothelioma. After an x-ray suggests abnormalities in the lungs or other parts of the body, a CT scan may be the next step to find the location of tumors. It may also be combined with a PET scan, which can identify even small areas of cancerous growth.


Does mesothelioma show up on CT scan?


Imaging rom CT scans is sophisticated enough to show where the cancer has spread, and often lets doctors know what stage the disease has progressed to.
Beyond scans, doctors may also use biopsies. These procedures involve obtaining a sample of cancerous cells so they can be visually examined. This can help distinguish mesothelioma from other cancers that have similar cell types. Because a cancer that spreads retains the cell type of the body part it originated in, a biopsy reveal the origin of cancerous masses that show up on the CT scan.


Does mesothelioma show up on CT scan?


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