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Bone scan then MRI! Why?

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Old 12-20-2017, 05:14 PM   #1
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Bone scan then MRI! Why?

I have just been diagnosed with breast cancer. At my second appointment I was told a lesion has been detected on my spine, they think it's secondries from the breast cancer, they have actually said as much as well, however they have said it's not definitive. I had my bone scan yesterday, now they say I need also an MRI this Friday as well. Can anyone explain why I need an MRI as well on top of the bone scan. Originally the biopsy confirmed the breast cancer. They said I needed a CT scan as well so I had that done, and from that scan they are thinking the lesion detected on my spine may now be cancer to. So after a bone scan why an MRI scan? I'm not complaining as I think they are leaving no stone unturned and are being very thorough. Someone told me that is it is on the spine then the MRI will determine how advanced etc it is. Is this right? Is it normal when they find this to then have a further MRI if it's been detected? Would love some help here as this is all being done very fast and my heads trying to keep up. Thanks.

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Re: Bone scan then MRI! Why?

I am sorry you are having to go through all this. Bone scans and MRIs are both used to detect cancer in the bones of the spine. While the bone scan will show all the bones, MRIs reveal the structure of bone and soft tissue. It can detect cancer cells invading bone marrow before tumors cause damage to the bone itself. So MRI may detect cancer that has spread to the bones earlier than would be possible with a bone some cases.

Good luck to you.

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