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can an ultrasound detect ovarian cysts

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience in Radiation Oncology
An U/S of anything: Shows size, shape, and consistency of the tissue, or inconsistencies that are fluid filled (cysts) or solid filled or at least not filled with water d ... Read More

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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Sheppeck
35 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Depends: Ultrasound is very sensitive to proper preparation for the test...A full bladder and no gas is important to see the ovaries adequately. If the ovarie ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
The cyst: The ovaries, uterus, and bladder are easy to see and examine on a transvaginal ultrasound exam. If there is an ovarian cyst, the ultrasound will show ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Toppin
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Answers: When an a woman presents with pelvic pain or a pelvic mass, the doctor may suspect an ovarian cyst. Usually a pelvic ultrasound will be ordere ... 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 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 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
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 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Parkhill Hand
20 years experience in Radiology
yes: Ovarian cysyts respond to hormonal fluctuations and grow and shrink over time.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience in Radiology
Cysts,: When simple, are internally dark on ultrasound as the fluid reflects few of the sound waves. In essence, a smooth, round, black or dark, structure in ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience in Radiology
Pelvic: Ultrasound (transabdominal or transvaginal) can detect fibroids and blocked tubes. Pid is the most common cause of blocked fallopian tubes and the tub ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Stein
45 years experience in Interventional Radiology
Yes: If ultrasound shows an abnormally enlarged appendix, it's almost always appendicitis. However, the appendix can be hard to find with ultrasound, espe ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience in Pathology
Sometimes.: Some cysts, like serous cystadenomas are precursors of cancers. Any cyst the persists for more than 2-3 menstrual periods should be checked further, ... Read More
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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 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 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Sometimes: Depending on cyst size & rate of change of size, pain can be one-sided and intense, and physical exam can suggest para-ovarian / proximal fallopian is ... Read More
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 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Juan Richiusa
17 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Ovarian cyst are hormone dependent. Most of the time we see growth during first stage of pregnancy when the ovary is the source of hormones for the e ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience in Radiology
Depends: If the bladder is well distended so as to provide a "window" to see the ovary, the transabdominal ultrasound may be sufficient.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laurence Badgley
52 years experience in General Practice
Probably not: 22y female asks if endometriosis, EM, is detectable by "transvaginal ultrasound". Since EM is a theoretical clinical disease in search of a diagnostic ... Read More

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