If an individual is suspected to have Hodgkin’s lymphoma, detailed investigations are required to establish the diagnosis and stage the disease, which in turn helps in selecting an appropriate treatment option.
Following are some commonly used investigations for Hodgkin’s lymphoma :
|3||Uptake > mediastinum but </= liver|
|4||Uptake moderately higher than liver|
|5||Uptake markedly higher than liver and/or new lesions|
Computed tomography (CT) scan: In this technique, detailed cross-sectional images of body organs are generated using x-rays with or without contrast agents. It can be utilized for scanning neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis for the diagnosis of any abnormal lymph node or involvement of liver, spleen, or other extranodal structures. It can also be used to guide a biopsy needle to collect biopsy samples. Also, it can be used for determining the extent of disease and for planning the treatment in case radiation therapy is indicated for the treatment.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan: This technique provides detailed images of internal body structures using radio waves, strong magnetic field, and gadolinium-based contrast material (which is used via intravenous injection to improve the clarity of the MRI images). It can be used when it is suspected that the disease has spread to the brain or spinal cord.
Join our LYMPHOMA COMMUNITY to connect with fighters and survivors across the globe.
In the next section, you will read about the staging of Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Join our community of fighters and survivors, motivate and uplift each other to fight cancer together.