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Cancer: Tomography

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th January 2020.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Labour, Leeds Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what NHS policy is on offering (a) PET, (b) CT and (c) MRI scans to patients undergoing treatment for primary cancer in order to identify whether they have any secondary cancer.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The optimal staging of cancers by use of Computerized Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning, either individually or in combination, varies between cancer types and is guided by clinical consensus, professional guidelines and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence publications.

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