Tests after bowel cancer diagnosis

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You may have more tests after your diagnosis to find out:

  • How large is the cancer?
  • Where exactly is the cancer?
  • Has it spread to any other parts of your body?

This is called staging. Staging tests for bowel cancer include:

MRI scan: A scan that uses magnetic energy to build up a picture of the tissues inside your body. During the scan you will lie inside a tunnel-like machine.

CT scan: A type of X-ray that gives a detailed picture of the tissues inside your body.

Ultrasound scan: A device like a microphone passed over your tummy to give a picture of your digestive system. It can show any abnormal changes.

PET scan: A radioactive injection that will show up any cancer spread to other parts of your body on a CT scan picture. 
 

Staging is important as it helps your medical team decide on the best treatment for your cancer.

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