My dad is almost finish with his 12 cycles 5FU treatments. He is soon to be scheduled for a scan. Normally, a CAT scan with contrast is done. However, he has chronic kidney disease. The doctor's reason for CAT scan is because he and other oncologists are train to read CAT scan. He claims MRI or PET is too hard to read because overload information. Is it more harder to read/detect cancer using MRI, PET scan vs CAT scan? Or should get second opinion?
radiologists like what they like and contrast enhances the definition in a scan = WHAT IS BEST FOR THEM
NON contrast CT scans can and SHOULD be done with patients who have existing renal issues .... DUUUUHHHH !!!!
Second opinion would be required IMO
if the primary Docs do not see the patient's issues with having contrast !!!!!
PET, MRI, CT ... ALL have contrasts injected to make the diagnostic image the best it can be
I get it = best image is in the patient's best interest to get the BEST diagnosis
BUTT ... NOT if contrast IS the issue for that patient !!!!!
Just my 2 cents worth !