Oncology (General Cancer)/Bone scan vs MRI



I am a 13 year survivor of stage 3 breast cancer. I have been experiencing alot of mid back pain since a car wreck 5 months ago. My oncologist ordered a thoracic MRI, which showed a disk herniation, no cancer. Because such pain makes me nervous about bone metastasis, do you think I should ask for a bone scan too, even though MRI was clear for cancer? Or is the MRI a more sensitive test? Thank you very much for your opinion.

While a bone scan may not be absolutely necessary you are in a situation where you - with good reason - are worried. It is never wrong to try to use extra caution! So it is not wrong to also ask for a bone scan in order to be extra sure! Good luck!

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I'm a Doctor of Medicine and specialist in Medical Oncology and Radiation Therapy educated & trained in Sweden. Now retired. Background in Radiation Therapy, Medical Oncology, Radiation Protection, Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology, Gynecological Oncology, Clinical Pathology, Clinical Cytology,Hematology and Internal Medicine. M.D. from the faculty of medicine, Royal Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Have also been an exchange student at the Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem Israel. Former medical consultant, Swedish National Board of Radiation Protection. Former Police Surgeon and Medical Examiner, Stockholm Police Department. Former Chief Medical Officer, The Royal Guards, The Royal Horse Guards and the Royal Household Brigade, Royal Swedish Army Medical Corps. You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128 I have no restrictions in the number of questions there. I also answer questions in these other categories: General History, Military History, Brain Tumors, Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer

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