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Doctor insights on: Can A Transvaginal Or Pelvic Ultrasound Pick Up Cervical Cancer

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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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Can a transvaginal ultrasound detect cervical cancer?

Can a transvaginal ultrasound detect cervical cancer?

speculum and : Direct visual appraisalpap smear and cytology are the usually means diagnosto detect cervix cancer. Trans vaginal ultrasound appraises intrauterine an and paria:metrial uterine content...Staging not diagnosis. ...Read more

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Would a transvaginal ultrasound show cervical cancer?

Would a transvaginal ultrasound show cervical cancer?

Only if large: Cervical cancer can be microscopic (very early) or large with a tumor that you can feel on pelvic examination as well as see on ultrasound. So, it can miss a lot in between. It is NOT a good tool to use for screening for cervical cancer. But sometimes it can help to evaluate or look at the upper cervix to see if it is enlarged. The lower cervix a doctor can seen clearly when you get a pelvic exam ...Read more

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Would a transvaginal ultra sound detect cervical cancer?

Would a transvaginal ultra sound detect cervical cancer?

Only if advanced: A pap smear is the best way to screen for cervical cancer. A biopsy of the cervix is the way to diagnose cervical cancer or precancerous cells. Most abnormal cells on the cervix are precancerous, only a few are actual cancer when found. Most cervical cancers are early and small, so aren't seen by an ultrasound. An ultrasound could only see cervical cancer if it was causing a large mass. ...Read more

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I had a pelvic ultrasound and it was normal. Should i still be concerned about ovarian cancer. Still have occasional pelvic pain and back pain.

I had a pelvic ultrasound and it was normal. Should i still be concerned about ovarian cancer. Still have occasional pelvic pain and back pain.

Yes and no: The negative pelvic ultrasound examination is a good news . The most important piece is risk factors . What risk factors do you have . Any family member with history of ovarian or breast cancer . Any history of gene mutation like brca? If you do not have any significant risks facto , you do not need to have screening for ovarian cancer ...Read more

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Docs, could a pelvic ultrasound detect ovarian cancer?

Docs, could a pelvic ultrasound detect ovarian cancer?

Possibly.: A pelvic ultrasound could give valuable information regarding anatomic abnormalities in the ovaries (changes in size / shape and cystic versus solid nature of mass lesions). Us is a common test in the initial workup of gynecologic tumors. In order to prove a diagnosis of malignancy, cells or fluid or tissue would need to be sampled from the ovary or pelvis or abdomen and then studied in a lab. ...Read more

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My 77yr old mom had a pelvic ultrasound & they found fluid & referred her to a gyno. Doc mentioned cancer. What are they looking for? Is it treatable?

My 77yr old mom had a pelvic ultrasound & they found fluid & referred her to a gyno. Doc mentioned cancer. What are they looking for? Is it treatable?

Waiting on Medicine: I understand it is frustrating to wait, but there is nothing to comment on here until the tests are completed and the diagnosis is known. And, of course until the diagnosis is known there is no way to predict what treatment will be needed. I would imagine the doctor is looking for all kinds of cancers and also liver issues, and other organ problems. The doctor will have her full medical history. ...Read more

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Can a pelvic ultrasound differentiate between a fibroid tumor and cancer ?

Can a pelvic ultrasound differentiate between a fibroid tumor and cancer ?

Usually yes: Uterine fibroids are overwhelmingly benign growths that arise from the uterus (there is a very rare possibility of these changing into cancer). Ultrasound can usually differentiate these from cancer of the ovary or of the uterine cavity. Sometimes MRI is used when there is a question. ...Read more

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Would metastatic cervical cancer in the breast appear the same as breast cancer on mammogram and ultrasound?

Would metastatic cervical cancer in the breast appear the same as breast cancer on mammogram and ultrasound?

Possibly on imaging: Cervical cancer (the tissue at the end of the vaginal canal) rarely metastasizes to the breast. Rather breast cancer may metastasize to many areas of body, such as bone, lung, brain, lymph nodes. That being said, any abnormal growth in the breast, though mostly breast tissue, could look similarly by mammogram or ultrasound. The bottom line is if there is an abnormality, must be biopsied. ...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


Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Pelvic Ultrasound (Definition)

This is an ultrasound test to examine the organs of the pelvis, typically using either a trans-abdominal or trans-vaginal approach, depending on what is suspected, such as ovarian ...Read more