Treatment Name: Diagnostic Tests: PET/CT Scan (Positron Emission Tomography / Computed Tomography)

Treatment Type: Diagnostic Procedures

Rated for: German Shepherd Dog

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Very useful, but not it's not always necessary

Vuk Ignjic DVM



Posted Jun. 29, 2018

History, physical, CBC, coagulation tests, ultrasound and X-ray findings are reliably pointing towards the diagnosis of haemangiosarcoma in most cases. Biopsy is the best way to confirm it, and it's usually the next step which definitively confirms the diagnosis. Surgical or fine needle biopsy choice depends on the localization and presentation of the tumor.

CT or MRI scan isn't necessary in order to confirm diagnosis, and prognosis is grave in any case, no matter which organ is primarily affected. However these advanced imaging techniques can be quite helpful in giving more precise diagnosis and guiding treatment and care.
CT and MRI scans can help us detect exact anatomic origin of the extent of invasiveness of the disease, they are also highly sensitive and specific in differentiating benign from malign lesions in liver and spleen all of which is a tremendous help when planing for surgery and radiation therapy.

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