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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?

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 you trust the diagnosis of ovarian cancer that is detected through a CT scan and ultrsound?

Can you trust the diagnosis of ovarian cancer that is detected through a CT scan and ultrsound?

Not very reliable: Ultrasound, ct, tumor marker evaluation, history, and physical exam have not been shown to be effective in adequately screening for this disease (even when used all together). This is a disease we don't really have a handle on right now. This doesn't mean patients who have pelvic pain or risk factors shouldn't be evaluated, but the tools available have not been shown to increase life expectancy. ...Read more

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I have 2 cystic ovarian masses, on CT scan. Could this mean ovarian cancer. I'm nervous. 29 years old?

I have 2 cystic ovarian masses, on CT scan. Could this mean ovarian cancer. I'm nervous. 29 years old?

Almost never!!: It is very common to see cysts on the ovaries. Ovaries make cysts every month that contain eggs. These come and go all the time. These are usually small, under 3cm each. But you should follow up with your gynecologist who can check with an ultrasound. Ct scan is a very poor way to look at the ovaries and pelvic ultrasound will tell you much more. Most likely, they will go away on their own. ...Read more

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To detect ovarian cancer, abnormality of cells or cysts or any other growth what is better MRI or ct-scan?

To detect ovarian cancer, abnormality of cells or cysts or any other growth what is better MRI or ct-scan?

Neither: Unfortunately there are no good screening tests for ovarian cancer. Now in someone with known cancer MRI and ct can be helpful to determine the potential extent of cancer, but neither is effective as a screening test. ...Read more

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Ct found ovarian cystic mass, does that mean a cyst. Can a CT scan tell the difference between a cyst and tumor? Worried about ovarian cancer.

Not necessarily: Ultrasound would be a more accurate test to evaluate the contents of an ovarian cyst. Ovarian cysts are common findings. You should see your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Do CT scans pick up early stages OR stages of ovarian cancer and colon cancer?

Do CT scans pick up early stages OR stages of ovarian cancer and colon cancer?

Yes/No: For early detection of Cancer, there are well defined screening guidelines which your primary care physician can share with you and guide you. For Colon cancer CT scan is not a good screening test. Instead Colonoscopy is the best test,but it is to be done> 40 years of age unless you have any symptoms like rectal bleeding or abdominal pain. Best thing you can do is to have an annual Physical exam. ...Read more

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Can a CT show difference between ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?

Can a CT show difference between ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?

Depends.: A cystic ovarian lesion can be a benign cyst or a cystic neoplasm. Even a benign cyst can be difficult to diagnose on ct if it has blood (hemorrhagic) or debris inside it. A ct may not be able to discern a hemorrhagic cyst from a solid tumor. A cyst with a growth along its wall may be suspicious. An ultrasound may be useful. Short term follow may tell if the cyst resolve/improve. ...Read more

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Does a CT show a difference between ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: A ct of the abdomen and pelvis can give clues but surgery gives the only answers. In general, ovarian cancers are larger, more complex, often involve the omentum and lymph nodes. Ascites (excessive fluid in the abdomen) is often seen on ct also. ...Read more

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Ct&transvaginal scan done October 2016. Clear. Now no period for 5 months. From then to now, can I have advanced ovarian cancer? I'm so scared. 22 y/o

Ct&transvaginal scan done October 2016. Clear. Now no period for 5 months. From then to now, can I have advanced ovarian cancer? I'm so scared. 22 y/o

Doubt it: Ovarian cancer is usually found in women aged 50 to 60 years old. Please see: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ovarian-cancer/basics/risk-factors/con-20028096 ...Read more

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After a vagina and a top pelvis ultrasound and a CT scan doctor says the sourse of my pelvic pain is a left ovary cyst. Said that it should clear up on its on. With all three test would that been able to tell if this was ovarian cancer. I am 41 years ol

After a vagina and a top pelvis ultrasound and a CT scan doctor says the sourse of my pelvic pain is a left ovary cyst.  Said that it should clear up on its on.  With all three test would that been able to tell if this was ovarian cancer. I am 41 years ol

Most likely Cyst: Cancer much less likely. As you know nothing in life is 100%. The most likely diagnosis based on what is described is cyst. Depending on simple vs. Complex cyst it needs to be followed for a couple of your cycles till resolves. Cancer is much less likely. ...Read more

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Could a pet scan detect ovarian cancer?

Could a pet scan detect ovarian cancer?

Possibly: If tumor metabolically active will pick up isotope f18 FDG , analog of glucose. Imaging with pet ct will detect abnormality. Most malignant tumors are active, but not all. ...Read more

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Are pet scans used for ovarian cancer?

Are pet scans used for ovarian cancer?

Not to diagnose: Pet/ct is not typically used to diagnose ovarian cancer, but may play a role in surgical planning or treatment followup. ...Read more

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Can a pelvic ultrasound detect ovarian cancer? What are the chances of having a normal scan and still having it?

Can a pelvic ultrasound detect ovarian cancer? What are the chances of having a normal scan and still having it?

Fairly reliable test: Pelvic ultrasound is fairly reliable to detect masses or fluid collections in the pelvis. It will also pick up most cases of Ovarian Cancer. So a normal ultrasound rules out obvious Ovarian cancer. Yet it can miss small tumors arising from the ovary. I think you can relax and not worry about missing cancer if you have no pelvic or abdominal symptoms... which can be quite subtle for ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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I have all the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Had a blood test and it was negative and my scan turned out negative too. So what is the matter?

I have all the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Had a blood test  and it was negative and my scan turned out negative too.  So what is the matter?

Ovarian cancer: More often than not, ovarian cancer does not have symptoms. If your scan and blood tests are negative, obviously one must consider other causes. If you separately list your symptoms here, we might be able to help. Even better might be a consult via HealthTap Prime or Healthtap Concierge. Whatever we can do to help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Living with clear cell ovarian cancer 3 years but PET scan shows activity in right breast retroareolar region. Ultrasound showed nothing 4m ago?

Living with clear cell ovarian cancer 3 years but PET scan shows activity in right breast retroareolar region. Ultrasound showed nothing 4m ago?

Recommend further ev: If there is sufficient update in the PET scan(SUV of >2.5), I would advise you to have another breat imaging study done. You have a choice to have mammography, repeat Ultrasound test or repeat PET scan once again, if the last PET scan was done >3 months earlier. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am worried I have ovarian cancer. I have had some pelvic pain for three months. I've had ultrasound , ca125 and MRI scan. All show nothing. ?

Ovarian cancer: Although there is no screening test for ovarian cancer, you have had tests that would help show it if it is present. There are many more common causes of pain (endometriosis, adhesions, interstitial cystitis ...) which are much more likely. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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 Gabor
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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