metastatic survey

metastatic survey

(mĕt″ă-stăt′ĭk)
Procedure in which various structures of the body are investigated, esp. by x-ray or imaging, to demonstrate any spread of cancer.
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Given the complex mechanisms of I-131 uptake, distinguishing between pathological and normal anatomic variants on metastatic survey can prove problematic.
As part of the thyroid carcinoma treatment and surveillance algorithm, postthyroidectomy surveillance and assessment for metastases are still commonly accomplished with I-131 metastatic surveys [4]; however, I-123 scans have increased resolution with improved quality of imaging, often characterizing masses missed on I-131 imaging [2].