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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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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Computed tomography is also known as CT scan. 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


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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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Will an ovarian cyst show up on an abdominal cat scan?

Will an ovarian cyst show up on an abdominal cat scan?

Maybe: The ovaries are in the pelvis and an abdominal ct frequently will not pick up the ovaries. If there is suspicion of a problem with the ovaries in particular, the best imaging of the ovaries is with a transvaginal ultrasound. ...Read more

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I have an ovarian cyst on right ovary found in ct of abdomen. Measuring 6.3x5.4x4.9 cm. How large is this and should I be concerned. ?

I have an ovarian cyst on right ovary found in ct of abdomen. Measuring 6.3x5.4x4.9 cm. How large is this and should I be concerned. ?

See your Ob/Gyn: A 6.3cm ovarian cyst is the size of a large orange. A cyst that size is an abnormal finding. What is done about it depends on your age, what the cyst looks like on ultrasound, what other ultrasound findings are present (such as fluid in the abdomen) and in some cases on labwork. You need to be seeing an Ob/Gyn about this as they are trained to know what to do next. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can an abdominal CT scan detect early pregnancy?

Can an abdominal CT scan detect early pregnancy?

Possibly yes but: You don't want a ct scan if your think you are pregnant. Modern us exam is much safer for the fetus and is more sensitive. ...Read more

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What can an abdominal CT scan with IV dye and barium sulfate solution find?

What can an abdominal CT scan with IV dye and barium sulfate solution find?

Many things: In general areas of abnormal growth such as a tumor or fluid cyst, or areas of swelling such as inflammation or infection. The intravenous contrast solution and swallowed barium help the radiologist identify and separate nearby structures and organs, and help to better visualize possible abnormalities. ...Read more

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How risky is an abdominal CT scan for a 34 year old male? Starting to get nervous after reading a lot of material online.

How risky is an abdominal CT scan for a 34 year old male?  Starting to get nervous after reading a lot of material online.

Very safe: Ct of abdomen is very safe, radiation exposure is negligible, if contrasts are used , only worry is reaction to contrast material. ...Read more

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What can an abdominal CT scan see?

What can an abdominal CT scan see?

Too long to list: Ct scan is a form of x-ray in which the radiation source & detectors rotate around the patient as she moves through the plane of the beam. As with all x-rays, it measures different density to the radiation, but the computer takes the raw data and reconstructs cross sectional images like slices of bread. While still limited to differences in density, it can resolve to a few millimeters. ...Read more

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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


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


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