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CT is fine was posted 04/27/2015 04:53 pm by Anonymous
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I would do a CT with and without contrast. That is still the gold standard. MRI is usually only more helpful once you already have known lesions in the liver and you are trying to differentiate what type of lesion (ex. cyst vs. cancer).

What is much more important is to make sure you image your lungs as well as your abdomen. Some late metastases show up in the lungs only. It is not normal to do an MRI of the chest and the abdomen/pelvis... that would take hours. But to do CT of the chest/abdomen/pelvis with and without contrast is done all the time and is much much shorter.

However, I want to try to reassure you about your CA19-9. That increase is still very small and might be within the standard error of the test. But I would always push my doc to have my yearly imaging etc.. ALWAYS include the lungs.

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