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can an abdominal ultrasound detect ovarian cancer

A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
It might but may not: Abdominal ultrasound along with pelvic ultrasound is a good screening test to take a look at the ovaries. If the ovary is normal in size, you would kn ... Read More

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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
28 years experience in Pathology
Possibly.: A pelvic ultrasound could give valuable information regarding anatomic abnormalities in the ovaries (changes in size / shape and cystic versus solid n ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
Fairly reliable test: Pelvic ultrasound is fairly reliable to detect masses or fluid collections in the pelvis. It will also pick up most cases of Ovarian Cancer. So a norm ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
51 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes, but: A transvaginal ultrasound(US )and or abdominal ultrasound can often detect enlargement the ovary in ovarian cancer. However screening US are not recom ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Hebert
28 years experience in Pathology
Ultrasound: Ultrasound is reasonably good way to look at the ovaries. A transvaginal ultrasound can get a pretty good look at the endometrium. Hope this helps.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jill Edison
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Ultasound: Abdominal ultrasounds may be able to see kidneys, but need to direct technician to size and see the kidneys specifically. This can tell you if the kid ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience in Internal Medicine
Incidental: An abdominal ct scan may incidentally demonstrate the suspicion of a fairly large colon cancer but not small lesions or polyps. A conclusive diagnosis ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean Williamson
12 years experience in Pathology
It might: Ultrasound is one of the techniques that can be used to evaluate a kidney tumor or abdominal pain in general; however, the most commonly used method t ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Can help: Ct scans detect abnormalities in tissues but do not detect cancer per se. A ct scan may detect a mass in the ovary, on an enlarged ovary that may sug ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brenda Koblick
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
Pelvic imaging: Ct scans can visualize pelvic organs, such as the uterus and ovaries. I would suggest a pelvic ultrasound as a first step in evaluating the female pe ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience in Radiology
Rarely: Sometimes ultrasound will see a colon mass but this is uncommon. Spread of colon cancer to the lymph nodes or liver would be more common to see than t ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Flax
45 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Any abnormality can be missed by a diagnostic procedure, but and ultrasound missing a significant ovarian cyst is very rare.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
24 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not diagnostic: The only way to diagnose either of these cancers is by biopsy. Ultrasound findings and symptoms may lead to increased suspicion and further diagnostic ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. George T Tsai
26 years experience in General Surgery
Possibly yes but: You don't want a ct scan if your think you are pregnant. Modern us exam is much safer for the fetus and is more sensitive.
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A member asked:
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
38 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sometimes: A ct scan will show the ovaries in the pelvis. Only significant and sometimes advanced changes of ovarian cancer such as excess fluid in the pelvis ma ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
24 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Maybe: An abdominal ultrasound is an excellent way to detect an abdominal aortic aneurysm but the person doing ultrasound has to look at the aorta. If the so ... Read More
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A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience in Internal Medicine
IF GROWTH IS: Betond the wall of the bowel. It may show enlarged lymph nodes which will alert a doctor to do further studies. These scans are typically not very goo ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience in Nuclear Medicine
Maybe: Small ovarian cysts may not be detected but usually are not clinically significant. Usually can detect ovarian cysts of 3-4 mm in diameter with good d ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience in Radiation Oncology
speculum and : Direct visual appraisalpap smear and cytology are the usually means diagnosto detect cervix cancer. Trans vaginal ultrasound appraises intrauterine a ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience in Geriatrics
Yes: Check out http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/404537-overview. Pelvic ultrasound is used to detect tubo-ovarian abscess and can also be useful for g ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Whiting
26 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose. An X-Ray isn't sensitive enough. Ultrasound, CT and MRI are the modalities that are usually used. Sometime ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
43 years experience in Surgical Oncology
Sometimes: It is not a good screening test for the average woman. However, some centers recommend aggressive screening for women with significant family history ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Parkhill Hand
20 years experience in Radiology
yes: Yes, if it is large enough. Ct will usually detect ovarian cysts 10mm or larger, but an ultrasound is a better way to evaluate the ovaries and does no ... Read More

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