What are the roles of CT scanning and MRI in the workup of colon cancer?

Updated: Apr 15, 2020
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Adequate imaging of the chest and abdomen should be obtained for staging purposes, ideally preoperatively. Abdominal/pelvic computed tomography (CT), contrast ultrasound of the abdomen/liver, and abdominal/pelvic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are appropriate for imaging the abdomen and liver, for the purpose of staging. Imaging studies may also include a chest radiograph or chest CT scan, and an abdominal barium study to better delineate the primary lesion preoperatively.


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