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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Vamsikrishna Gunnam M.B.B.S [2]


CT scan is useful in detecting metastasis to organs and regional lymph nodes in merkel cell carcinoma.

Key CT findings in Merkel cell cancer

Case courtesy of Dr Anna Margherita Maffione, <a href=""></a>. From the case <a href="">rID: 33259</a>


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  2. Nguyen, Ba D.; McCullough, Ann E. (2002). "Imaging of Merkel Cell Carcinoma". RadioGraphics. 22 (2): 367–376. doi:10.1148/radiographics.22.2.g02mr14367. ISSN 0271-5333.
  3. Gollub, M J; Gruen, D R; Dershaw, D D (1996). "Merkel cell carcinoma: CT findings in 12 patients". American Journal of Roentgenology. 167 (3): 617–620. doi:10.2214/ajr.167.3.8751663. ISSN 0361-803X.
  4. Colgan, Michael B.; Tarantola, Tina I.; Weaver, Amy L.; Wiseman, Gregory A.; Roenigk, Randall K.; Brewer, Jerry D.; Otley, Clark C. (2012). "The predictive value of imaging studies in evaluating regional lymph node involvement in Merkel cell carcinoma". Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 67 (6): 1250–1256. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2012.03.018. ISSN 0190-9622.
  5. Lu, Yang; Fleming, Stephen E.; Fields, Ryan C.; Coit, Daniel G.; Carrasquillo, Jorge A. (2012). "Comparison of 18F-FDG PET/CT and 111In Pentetreotide Scan for Detection of Merkel Cell Carcinoma". Clinical Nuclear Medicine. 37 (8): 759–762. doi:10.1097/RLU.0b013e31825ae8e7. ISSN 0363-9762.
  6. Gollub MJ, Gruen DR, Dershaw DD (September 1996). "Merkel cell carcinoma: CT findings in 12 patients". AJR Am J Roentgenol. 167 (3): 617–20. doi:10.2214/ajr.167.3.8751663. PMID 8751663.