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Tests to stage

These tests find out the position of the cancer, how big it is and whether it has spread. They will help your doctor to decide on the treatment you need.

CT scan

A CT scan shows where the cancer is and its size, as well as any enlarged lymph nodes in the neck and whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

MRI scan

An MRI scan shows where the cancer is and its size, and any enlarged lymph nodes in the neck and whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

PET-CT scan

A PET-CT scan combines a CT scan and a PET scan. It gives detailed information about your cancer.

Neck ultrasound

Ultrasound scans use high frequency sound waves to create a picture of a part of the body.

Last reviewed: 
22 Oct 2020
Next review due: 
23 Oct 2023
Coronavirus and cancer

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