Imaging for skin cancer
Most skin cancers—especially basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer—remain local and do not spread to distant organs. Melanoma and Merkel cell carcinoma are more prone to spread. In those cases, one of several medical imaging procedures may be used to determine whether cancer cells have metastasized to internal organs and bones. Imaging procedures include:
These imaging procedures are non-invasive and painless. If they reveal suspicious spots or metastases, a more invasive biopsy may be required.