hi there, I wondering, is it possible to get a full body cancer screening to find out if they have cancer in any part of their body as opposed to only getting a screening for a specific part of the body , such as the breasts, liver, etc..?

Hi, Dan.

Not in Radiology that I'm aware of. There may be a blood test that can detect components related to some types of cancer.

I would not recommend those low-cost, self-referral screening programs where you have a full-body CT scan, either. Self-referred exams are always done without contrast. If disease is discovered, you'll just have to see a physician who will order you to repeat the CT with contrast to get a complete study. That's too much radiation exposure for very little benefit.

In general, a whole body scan wouldn't give enough detail about smaller organs because the field of view is too large.

Hope this helps,


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I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Technology and am registered as an X-ray, CT and MRI Technologist.

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