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How can imaging tests help diagnose acute myeloid leukemia (AML)?

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Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a type of cancer that keeps immature stem cells from growing into healthy blood cells. AML doesn't form tumors that show up on imaging scans. But your doctor might use these tests to look for an infection or another problem AML can cause:

  • CT, or computed tomography, scan can show whether AML has enlarged your spleen or lymph nodes.
  • Ultrasound uses sound waves to see whether your lymph nodes, liver, spleen, and kidneys are enlarged.
  • X-ray uses radiation in low doses to make images of structures inside your body. Your doctor might take X-rays to see if you have a lung infection.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "How Is Acute Myeloid Leukemia Classified?" "How is Acute Myeloid Leukemia Diagnosed?"

American Society for Clinical Oncology: "Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid -- AML -- Diagnosis," "Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid -- AML -- Subtypes."

Mayo Clinic: "Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML): Tests and diagnosis."

National Cancer Institute: "Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment (PDQ) - Patient Version."

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance: "Acute Myeloid Leukemia Symptoms & Diagnosis."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 13, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "How Is Acute Myeloid Leukemia Classified?" "How is Acute Myeloid Leukemia Diagnosed?"

American Society for Clinical Oncology: "Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid -- AML -- Diagnosis," "Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid -- AML -- Subtypes."

Mayo Clinic: "Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML): Tests and diagnosis."

National Cancer Institute: "Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment (PDQ) - Patient Version."

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance: "Acute Myeloid Leukemia Symptoms & Diagnosis."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 13, 2017

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