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Can a transvaginal or pelvic ultrasound pick up cervical cancer?

Can a transvaginal or pelvic ultrasound pick up cervical cancer?

Cervical Cancer: Transvaginal or pelvic ultrasound is usually for higher structures such as uterus and ovaries.
Cervical cancer screening is with a full pap smear exam/ cytology. ...Read more

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 and pelvic ultrasound detect whether or not there is cervical cancer?

Can a transvaginal and pelvic ultrasound detect whether or not there is cervical cancer?

No: The best eval for cervical cancer would still be pap smear, exam and biopsy of abnormal areas identified. Ultrasound would suggest advanced stage of concerns. ...Read more

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Would cervical cancer invading the pelvic sidewall or obstructing the kidney be seen on trans vaginal or pelvic ultrasound?

Would cervical cancer invading the pelvic sidewall or obstructing the kidney be seen on trans vaginal or pelvic ultrasound?

Yes, but...: Any disease or life event will always display on its own pattern of full spectrum; so will cervical cancer. At its early stage, the affected feels nothing. As the disease advances, it may locally advance to damage and distort local. Nearby tissue, and to spread to far sites. So, if not treated timely, what you concern about will appear on its course of progress. US may suspect such but CT defines.. ...Read more

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Would a transvaginal ultrasound show cervical cancer?

Would a transvaginal ultrasound show cervical cancer?

Yes, but...: Any disease or life event will always display on its own pattern of full spectrum; so will cervical cancer. At its early stage, the affected feels nothing. As the disease advances, it may locally advance to damage and distort local. Nearby tissue, and to spread to far sites. So, if not treated timely, what you concern about will appear on its course of progress. US may suspect such but CT defines.. ...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 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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Pelvic ultrasound 3.1 cm cyst left ov, CA level 35.1, is range ok? Test range is up to 38.1 for lab I had. Don't have cancer but now I'm concerned.

Pelvic ultrasound 3.1 cm cyst left ov, CA level 35.1, is range ok? Test range is up to 38.1 for lab I had. Don't have cancer but now I'm concerned.

Why did you have US?: Tell us if you had any pelvic symptoms which lead to doing the pelvic ultrasound?
Benign cysts of the ovary are common. Your CA level is normal.
My advice is to follow the advice of your gynecologist who ordered your first Ultrasound. Follow up repeat ultrasound 1 or 2 more times, 6 months apart, to check on the size of your cyst and any changes//growth ...Read more

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Hi, pelvic ultrasound showed a patch in the uterine wall approx. 8x16cm, 2, 06 cm thick. Doctor's guess was hyperplasia. Could it be cancer?

Hi, pelvic ultrasound showed a patch in the uterine wall approx. 8x16cm, 2, 06 cm thick. Doctor's guess was hyperplasia. Could it be cancer?

Possibly: The words you used "doctors guess" should tell you something. Without a biopsy, the answer is yes to "can it be cancer? " Only with a biopsy can you say it's definitely not cancer ...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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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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How long does it take 4 abnormal cells to turn into cervical cancer? 22, had ultrasound 1 yr agopap every 6mnths nothing there just abnormal cells.

How long does it take 4 abnormal cells to turn into cervical cancer? 22, had ultrasound 1 yr agopap every 6mnths nothing there just abnormal cells.

No one knows: A clinical cancer has millions or billions of cells, by the time it is detected. (Cells are very tiny) To calculate the time required to go from a few to lots depends on the doubling time, which can varry even in similar tumors. ...Read more

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What's hiding my ovaries on a pelvic ultrasound? Can be seen on transvaginal ultrasound instead.

What's hiding my ovaries on a pelvic ultrasound? Can be seen on transvaginal ultrasound instead.

Normal variation: The position of the ovaries varies quite a bit from women to women within the pelvis. Secondly, gas within adjacent bowel loops will distort ultrasound images and 'hide' anything behind that loop. Thus looking from a different angle ie transvaginally, we can find the ovaries that we can see on the transabdominal portion of a scan. ...Read more

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My doctor referred me to do a transvaginal pelvic ultrasound. What is this for?

My doctor referred me to do a transvaginal pelvic ultrasound. What is this for?

Assess uterus/pelvis: Your physician would order such a test for imaging of your ovaries, uterus, tubes (or all female pelvic organs). Please discuss with your doctor what the indication and anticipated information is. It is a very safe and painless test that may cause some discomfort due to the insertion of a vaginal probe. ...Read more

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What does it mean if fluid was found in a transvaginal pelvic ultrasound?

It depends: There is a small amount of normal fluid in the pelvis that is often seen on ultrasound. The answer to your question depends on how much fluid, what kind of fluid (what it looks like on us) and where the fluid is. ...Read more

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Is invasive cervical cancer visible in a pelvic exam?

Is invasive cervical cancer visible in a pelvic exam?

Possibly: Invasion can be microscopic and impossible to see on exam but in the late stages of cervical cancer there is often a visible mass. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a pelvic ultrasound and a transvaginal ultrasound?

Nearly same...: There are two ways to image the pelvic organs. One is by transabdominal route (transducer in placed on the skin of lower abdomen with a distended urinary bladder); and the other is transvaginal ultrasound where the transducer is placed inside the vagina to assess pelvic organs. Transvaginal ultrasound means just that; whereas, pelvic ultrasound includes both transabdominal and transvaginal US. ...Read more

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Is an internal/external pelvic ultrasound able to see lesions/abrasions etc. On the cervix? Can this test see problems with fallopian tubes as well?

YES AND NO: Usually one has a pelvic exam to look for lesions/ abrasions, a doctor will be able to see those with a light not with ultrasound. You can detect problems with the tubes with a salpingogram or ct. ...Read more

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Gynae performed transvaginal pelvic ultrasound scan since sep'11-mar but in no'12 I was operated for 2 choc cysts & fibroid. How could she miss these?

Gynae performed transvaginal pelvic ultrasound scan since sep'11-mar but in no'12 I was operated for 2 choc cysts & fibroid. How could she miss these?

Not perfect: It depends on the size of the cysts. You were having pain, ultrasound did nor reveal a problem, then got laparoscopy and saw the problem. Doctors nor ultrasounds are perfect. I would get on the pill for the endometriosis. There are times when being on the pill increases ovulation when you get off; just 2 or three months can make a difference. ...Read more

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Had total hyst 10/11 stage 2 cervical cancer found. Pelvic lymph nds remved 12/11; clear since. Don't feel well yet. Tired/ache/pain. Lymphedema mild too?

Had total hyst 10/11 stage 2 cervical cancer found. Pelvic lymph nds remved 12/11; clear since. Don't feel well yet. Tired/ache/pain. Lymphedema mild too?

S/P Cervical CA Surg: Being that you are newly 18 months out from your surgery, the fatigue and pain is worrisome. Lymph edema may persist for many months or never completely go away. What was the status of the lymph nodes? All negative for cancer? I would follow up with your gynecologist and tratment team - you shouldn't be this tired and achy this far out. ...Read more

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My dad has a gene marker for cervical cancer, I've had an IUD in past and and I've had constant pelvic pain worse when I cough for a yearcould I have it?

My dad has a gene marker for cervical cancer, I've had an IUD in past and and I've had constant pelvic pain worse when I cough for a yearcould I have it?

What gene marker?: Your may have pid (pelvic inflammatory disease) may be due to your iud, speak to our gyn doctor and possible quadrivalent hpv vaccination, to prevent future cancer of cervix. ...Read more

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I haver cervical cancer on dads side of family, no pain during sex but slight bleeding during sex and constant achy pelvic pain could I have it?

I haver cervical cancer on dads side of family, no pain during sex but slight bleeding during sex and constant achy pelvic pain could I have it?

See a gynacologist: You may have pelvic inflammatory disease, may be the cause of your pain, you are 17 at this age you still can be vaccinated with quadrivalent (Gardasil) covering types 16, 18, 6 and 11. Take care of yourself, and don't worry about cervical cancer foe next few decades.. ...Read more

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I have done a pelvic ultrasound and the result were: 1cm complex lesion in the cervix. 2.7 cm simple cyst of the right ovary. What does it mean?

I have done a pelvic ultrasound and the result were: 1cm complex lesion in the cervix. 2.7 cm simple cyst of the right ovary. What does it mean?

Ultrasound findings: The lesion on your cervix could be a nabothian cyst but it really hold be investigated further. The simple cyst in your ovary is physiologic and will resolve on its own. ...Read more

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Hi I had a pelvic ultrasound done, it wasn't a transvaginal, it was a normal pelvic ultrasound. If I was 9 weeks preg, would they be able to see it?

Hi I had a pelvic ultrasound done, it wasn't a transvaginal, it was a normal pelvic ultrasound. If I was 9 weeks preg, would they be able to see it?

Ambivalent: At 9 weeks gestation by last menstrual period a transabdominal ultrasound should pick up the pregnancy. If it doesn't, it should be followed immediately by a transvaginal ultrasound. The rationale for first trimester ultrasound is to determine, whether there is one or more embryo's, whether there is a heart beat or not, and whether the pregnancy is in the uterus or outside. ...Read more

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About 4 mnths post leep -Spotting after sex and walking (3 hrs shopping). Bloodwork and pelvic ultrasound ok & cervix healed. Scared why I'm spotting?

About 4 mnths post leep -Spotting after sex and walking (3 hrs shopping). Bloodwork and pelvic ultrasound ok & cervix healed. Scared why I'm spotting?

Gyn evaluation: You will need to see a gynecologist for a diagnosis. Hormonal imbalances, polyps, fibroids, STDs and many other issues can cause spotting. There is not an easy answer that we can give you without doing a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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. Adam Lewis
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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