Which systemic imaging studies are performed in the workup of brain metastasis?

Updated: Aug 01, 2018
  • Author: Victor Tse, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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Chest radiography should be included in the workup of any mass lesion in the brain, specifically in patients without a history of systemic cancer.

Chest radiographs may reveal the primary cancer and suggest an alternative site for obtaining tissue for histologic diagnosis.

Additional imaging modalities such as CT, positron emission tomography (PET), and bone scanning are used to stage the systemic disease.


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