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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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I had an ovarian cyst. Got my vaginal ultrasound recently with no clue of any cyst. But I am still having pain in my abdomen. Can the reports be wrong?

I had an ovarian cyst. Got my vaginal ultrasound recently with no clue of any cyst. But I am still having pain in my abdomen. Can the reports be wrong?

Possibilities...: There are multiple potential reasons why your are still having abdominal/pelvic pain. Ovarian cysts can cause pain but not all the time. Usually happens if they are very large or rupture. Besides a gynecological problem your pain could come fro other sources like bowel problems. Follow up with your doctor in order to get to the bottom of your symptoms and get a final diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Ct scan & 2 ultrasounds july '12 showed 3 ovarian cysts (10 cm)-1 mo. Later also showed cyst at "mouth" of cervix. Now dull ache in abdomen/pain in ba?

Ct scan & 2 ultrasounds july '12 showed 3 ovarian cysts (10 cm)-1 mo. Later also showed cyst at "mouth" of cervix. Now dull ache in abdomen/pain in ba?

Likely cyst pain: The size of your cyst(s) is large and the mouth of cervix description may indicate growth and likely is the cause of your dull ache. I would consider surgical removal. ...Read more

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Can you get ovarian cyst after a partial hysterectomy?I had a trans-vaginal, & trans-abdominal ultra sound, now I was told I had to get a CT scan

Can you get ovarian cyst after a partial hysterectomy?I had a trans-vaginal, & trans-abdominal  ultra sound, now I was told I had to get a CT scan

Yes: About 10% of women with hysterectomy with the ovaries left in will need surgery for cysts (not always cancer). Ultrasound and MRI are best for evaluating the ovaries, but ct is sometimes used in preoperative evaluation. If that is the case, your doctor may be worried about cancer. Make sure a gynecologic oncologist is involoved before going to surgery. ...Read more

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Do all ovarian cysts show up on ultrasound?

Do all ovarian cysts show up on ultrasound?

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 ovaries are well seen then cysts on/in the ovaries are well seen...Need to know how well the technician felt they saw things during the test. ...Read more

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What does ultrasound for an ovarian cyst show ?

What does ultrasound for an ovarian cyst show ?

See below: The ultrasound can differentiate an ovary with fluid (cyst) vs solid (possible tumor). ...Read more

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What can I expect during an ultrasound to check for ovarian cysts?

What can I expect during an ultrasound to check for ovarian cysts?

It should be painles: Sometimes the study is performed wtih abdominal probe in which case a full bladder is necessary to visualize pelvic organs well. Many times, vaginal probe examination is also performed because this produces superb images as the probe can get very close to the organs being examined. You will need to empty your bladder for this part of the exam. Sometimes, 3d images of the ovary may be helpful. ...Read more

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Can a pelvic ultrasound miss an ovarian cyst?

Can a pelvic ultrasound miss an ovarian cyst?

Yes: Any abnormality can be missed by a diagnostic procedure, but and ultrasound missing a significant ovarian cyst is very rare. ...Read more

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How does an ovarian cyst look in a transvaginal ultrasound?

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 the ovary is seen. Also, no internal blood flow on doppler. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


Abdominal Ultrasound (Definition)

An abdominal ultrasound will reveal the position of the baby and determine if the baby is presenting head first (normal presentation) or ...Read more