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A 37-year-old female asked:

Can bladder cancer be picked up on ultrasound?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 57 years experience
Too late,late stage: Early stage of bladder cancer can be detected by simple urine cytology and cystoscopy , sonography will not show early in stages.
Dr. Terence Chapman
Urologic Oncology 27 years experience
Yes sometimes: Ultrasound technology can identify tumors in the bladder, but this is not a common method of detection. The fact that is is visible on ultrasound does not mean it is too late by any means. Removal of the tumor for analysis along with more precise imaging like ct scan will help determine the extent and severity if the tumor and guide subsequent treatment.

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Last updated Apr 19, 2017

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