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is it possible to miss an ovarian cyst on a transvaginal ultrasound and find it on a ct scan?

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Dr. Barbara Coulter-Smith
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Possibly: No test is 100% perfect and anything can be missed on any diagnostic test especially if it is small. In general ultrasound is best for imaging the female reproductive organs and is much less expenxive than a ct or mri.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Doctors sometimes request a bone scan, CT or MRI scan before deciding on the best course of treatment. Why is this?

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Find/confirm illness: With any imaging method (mri, ultrasound, etc...), the pros/cons must be weighed. What information will the imaging provide to arrive at a diagnosis? Is it cost effective (although patients seldom worry about the cost)? Do i need a live, real-time view (as in ultrasound) or a more detailed view (as in ct/mri)? Is the patient at higher risk of harm from radiation (try to avoid in pregnancy), etc...
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Can ovarian cysts cause pain in sex?

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Dr. Scott Welker
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Yes: Dyspareunia is a frequent symptom of ovarian cysts.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

Dermoid cyst in my ovary, I forget how big it is. Doctor wants me to get it removed but the surgeon said no. I still have it. Pregnancy apossibility?

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Dr. Bruce Young
Obstetrics and Gynecology 58 years experience
Yes: Dermoids do not prevent pregnancy but the diagnosis should be confirmed by sonogams. Unless they are very large they usually will not cause problems, but they can twist or rupture so removal might be advisable & can be done laparoscopically before pregnancy.
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Could an abdominal/pelvic CT scan without contrast (ordered for ureteral stones) detect ovarian cancer also?

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Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 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.
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Can a CT scan properly diagnosis a hernia or abdominal pain?

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Dr. Gerry Tolbert
Family Medicine 13 years experience
Sometimes: Like any test, a ct scan is incomplete without a history and physical exam from a patient. Most of the time the story from the patient narrows the causes of abdominal pain considerably. Often the ct is used to *confirm* a diagnosis. Abdominal pain has so many causes that a ct scan alone is typically not sufficient for any useful diagnosis.

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