Re: Can a CT differeniate between shotty nodes and lymphoma?
My Follicular Lymphoma was found first in the parotid gland. I had swelling on the side of my face and several lymph nodes that were also swollen, lots of "shotty" nodes throughout my neck. It took me almost 6 months to get a doctor to actually do a fine needle biopsy on the swollen nodes within the parotid gland. This progressed to a surgical biopsy of several nodes and excision of my parotid gland. Two of the enlarged nodes were not cancerous but the ones inside the parotid gland were. I had had several CT's and MRI's and had been repeatedly told that everything was benign. I knew that I didn't feel right and had alot of pain in my neck. In short, they cannot always tell just with an ultrasound, CT or MRI if a node is cancerous. Have the ultrasound but if you are not comfortable with the explanation keep going until you find someone willing to do an acutual biopsy. If I had just listened to the ENT, the oral surgeon, the general surgeon and my family doctor (who refused to refer me for a biopsy), I may still be undiagnosed. Good luck.