Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
125 Doctors are Online

Are there any definitive tests that could detect malignancy which don t include biopsies, CAT scans, or any other invasive tests?

Dear Doctor:
Are there any definitive tests that could detect malignancy which don't include biopsies, PET scans, CAT scans, or any other invasive tests? Do you know of a Dr. Tucker who invented a Hemotoxilin(sp?) test?
Many thanks for your insight in this matter. The information is for someone I love very much.

Asked On : Mon, 15 Apr 2013
Answers:  1 Views:  18
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Medical Procedures
General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi carol
The diagnosis of a malignancy involves the following process
1. High clinical suspicion / Clinical probability ( based on the history of specific complaints/Age & Sex of the person/ethnicity/family history/life style related factors of the person etc)
2. screening tests ( usually simple, cost effective & non invasive tests )
3. Confirmatory tests (usually an invasive test like Biopsy)
is there a definitive test to detect malignancy, which are non invasive..i must say no. Since all theses non invasive tests are not very sensitive ( Ability to detect a particular disease in question) or specific ( ability to rule out particular disease in question). That means some uncertainty will be there what ever may be the result of a screening test.
But if you can mention the specific malignancy about which you are concerned, we can answer you better

take care

Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
I find this answer helpful

3 Doctors agree with this answer

Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor