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Could an abdominal/pelvic ct scan without contrast (ordered for ureteral stones) detect ovarian cancer also?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
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 may be noticeable.
Dr. Elisabeth Goodall
Emergency Medicine 20 years experience
MAYBE: Although a contrast-enhanced ct--or, better still, a pelvic ultrasound--are preferred methods for visualizing the ovaries, a non-contact ct would likely show nonspecific irregularities of the ovaries. Bottom line: pelvic ultrasound is the best choice for visualizing ovaries.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
A Verified Doctoranswered
Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
Not usually: A much better test to detect ovarian cancer would be a transvaginal ultrasound.
Dr. James Lin
A Verified Doctoranswered
Urology 52 years experience
Not necessarily...: Seeing ovarian cancer or not from ct without contrast is less desirable and accurate. But if an ovarian cancer is big and calcified, it can be easily suspected as how it may look. But, following the specific ct protocol for a specific suspected tumor so to have better visualization and diagnosis is highly recommended. Detail? Ask radiologist.
Last updated Apr 16, 2016
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