May 26, 2013 at 3:21 am #72413
Thanks Susie and Jz, I am going to try the MRI and see how it goes, I will let you know , PatMay 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm #72412jzMember
Pat, I think Eli is right about the CT better than MRI for lungs. My Mom had lung cancer and post her surgery, she has been having CTs every six months. The doctors have said CTs were the best follow up scans for lungs.May 21, 2013 at 3:15 am #72411wallsm1Participant
I get ct scans because I get chest, abdomen and pelvis. It’s kind of hard to do an MRI of all those areas.
SusieMay 21, 2013 at 12:34 am #72410
Thank you Eli, I always thought so too. I am going to find out.May 20, 2013 at 11:26 pm #72409RandiParticipant
You’re welcome Pat. i will agree that when I do get chest imaging it is a CT but I have declined contrast.May 20, 2013 at 11:19 pm #72408
Thank you Randi, you are just reinforcing what I thought, and I learn something every day, much of it right here, PatMay 20, 2013 at 11:19 pm #72407EliParticipant
My wife’s oncologist told us that CTs are better than MRIs for lung imaging.
In fact, he might have said “much better”. It’s been a while so I don’t recall how exactly he worded it.May 20, 2013 at 10:38 pm #72406RandiParticipant
I began my regular scans with CTs. One CT showed a questionable area of dye profusion so my doctor had me do an MRI. Ever since, I have been getting MRIs instead of CTs. My thoughts were that if they did an MRI after a CT for a better image, why not just do the MRIs and can the CTs altogether. My doctor agreed and that’s how we moved forward.
The CTs were always problematic for me anyway as the IV was much larger and drinking all that crap for contrast really did me in. Now I just get MRIs. I still have contrast, however, the IV is much smaller, the dye is injected (not pushed via machine) and I find them easier overall.
-Randi-May 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm #72405
Thank you Julie this is what my GI said, I just sounded too good , no contrast sounds great!May 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm #72404jzMember
I am no specialist on this topic, and I’m sure other will have more experience, but my Dad’s radiologist also recommended MRI over the CT scans. My Dad has had CT scans since he was diagnosed last April, but in preparation for the RFA a month ago, the radiologist looked at the prior CT scans and ordered new CT and MRI. Upon comparison, he told us that the MRI actually has better imaging, and since the RFA, my Dad has had a couple of MRIs and no CTs. I hope this is helpful – I have heard that which method depends on the location of the tumors, but as the new MRIs were ordered for follow up post procedure, I asked the radiologist and he informed me that he believes the MRIs are as good as the CTs, and unless my Dad’s oncologist believes he absolutely needs CT w and w/o contrast, then the radiologist believes MRI is better (plus it doesn’t have the radiation which is a bonus).
I hope this is helpful. Oh, and my Dad’s getting treated at UCLA and the radiologist is quite familiar with cc (along with other liver cancers) so we trust him and his opinions. Just want to make sure you know I’m not relaying info from some random dude.
JulieMay 20, 2013 at 9:15 pm #8398
I saw my gastrointestinal specialist with whom I began this journey 7 plus years ago and whom also has not had a patient other than me do well with this disease, so he is very happy to see me and upon inquiring about doing a scan to see how things are he felt an MRI gives a very good image of the bile ducts and liver, and as my blood work was good and feeling around he thought things look great and I went kayaking last week and I feel great. Is an MRI an effective look or not? I never had one of these, I am not concerned about confined spaces so It sounds a bit easier than the dreaded CAT…. thoughts? Pat
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