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Can a CT scan detect ovarian cancer?

Can a CT scan detect ovarian cancer?

Need tissue: It can detect a mass but the definitive diagnosis is done by looking at the tissue either taken by biopsy or surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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How easily can a CT scan detect ovarian cancer?

Detects mass: Imaging, either by ultrasound, ct or MRI detects a mass in the ovary and cts are good at that, but not the only modality. Current imaging techniques are good at suggesting ovarian cancer. Actual diagnosis of the nature of the mass requires examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan detect gastrointestinal cancer?

Can a CT scan detect gastrointestinal cancer?

Yes: Absolutely. Also an MRI with diffusion weighted imaging. Look it up. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan of abdomen detect cancer?

Can a CT scan of abdomen detect cancer?

Sometimes. : It depends on many factors, the size of the cancer, the organ it involves, technical factors with the study, etc. There are many variables. Remember each cancer starts as a single cell, so we can never completely exclude the diagnosis even when a ct is completely normal. Pet/ct can show cancers that are virtually impossible to see on ct, even with contrast. ...Read more

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Can CT scan detect breast cancer or lymphoma? Having swollen axillary lymph nodes since months+ fibroadenomas+complex cyst,ct scan results were normal

Can CT scan detect breast cancer or lymphoma? Having swollen axillary lymph nodes since months+ fibroadenomas+complex cyst,ct scan results were normal

CT can detect: the enlarged lymph nodes associated with lymphoma, but a biopsy is necessary to make the diagnosis. CT can occasionally pickup a breast cancer, but it is generally not utilized for detecting breast cancer or evaluating breast abnormalities. Mammography, ultrasound, and mri are more appropriate. ...Read more

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It happens that a CT scan detect testicular cancer.?

It happens that a CT scan detect testicular cancer.?

Sort of: The ct scan can detect the enlarged lymph nodes that can occur when testicular tumors spread. It is uncommon that ct shows the testicular tumor itself. ...Read more

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Can a ct scan detect liver failure in metastic colon cancer?

Can a ct scan detect liver failure in metastic colon cancer?

No: A CAT scan is used to visually define the extent of metastatic colon cancer in the liver should metastasis be present. Liver failure is a condition measured by functional abnormalities that occur within the liver usually due to parenchymal damage such as inflammation from hepatitis . Here one measures serum enzymes and the presence of elevated alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin in serum. ...Read more

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Does CT scan show cancer?

Does CT scan show cancer?

not always: Not all cancer is visible with a ct scan. There are many variables- size of tumor, location, presence or abscence of IV or oral contrast. ...Read more

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Do all cancers show on CT scan?

Do all cancers show on CT scan?

sadly, no: Not all cancer is visible with a ct scan. There are many variables- size of tumor, location, presence or abscence of IV or oral contrast. ...Read more

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Multiple CT scan can lead to cancer?

Multiple CT scan can lead to cancer?

Please see: Radiologyinfo.Org for good info about risks from radiologic imaging. Section called radiation dose. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


Dr. Michael Korona
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Ct scan uses data from a beam of xrays and reconstructs a cross sectional image of your body. It is a high dose of xrays and used only when the benefits outweigh the risk. Cancer risk is 1 in 500 in children. Also using iodinated contrast might cause transient renal failure in about 5% of patients. (contrast induced nepropathy) most do not explain this to the patient as ...Read more