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MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a procedure that uses a magnet, radio waves, and a computer to make a series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body. This procedure is also called nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI).
Radionuclide Bone Scan
Radionuclide bone scan is a procedure to check if there are rapidly dividing cells, such as cancer cells, in the bone. A very small amount of radioactive material is injected into a vein and travels through the bloodstream. The radioactive material collects in the bones and is detected by a scanner.
PET scan (positron emission tomography scan) is a procedure to find malignant tumor cells in the body. A small amount of radionuclide glucose (sugar) is injected into a vein. The PET scanner rotates around the body and makes a picture of where glucose is being used in the body. Malignant tumor cells show up brighter in the picture because they are more active and take up more glucose than normal cells.
There are three small cell lung cancer stages:
- Limited-stage small cell lung cancer
- Extensive-stage small cell lung cancer
- Recurrent small cell lung cancer.
Limited-stage Small Cell Lung Cancer
In limited-stage, cancer is found in one lung, the tissues between the lungs, and nearby lymph nodes only.
Extensive-stage Small Cell Lung Cancer
In extensive-stage, cancer has spread outside of the lung in which it began or to other parts of the body.
Recurrent Small Cell Lung Cancer
Recurrent small cell lung cancer is cancer that has recurred (come back) after it has been treated. The cancer may come back in the chest, central nervous system, or in other parts of the body.