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Hello doctors, what does ovarian cancer look like on ultrasounds?

Hello doctors, what does ovarian cancer look like on ultrasounds?

Mass or cystic mass: Ultrasound, done though the abdominal wall and transvaginally is used to examine the size shape and other characteristics of ovaries. Cancer may present as a mass in the ovary or a cyst or a combination of the two. Definitive diagnosis requires examination of suspect tissue by a pathologist. See this site for more info.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovarian-cancer/ds00293. ...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 an internal ultrasound detect ovarian cancer? Or at least show if there's something suspicious going on?

Can an internal ultrasound detect ovarian cancer? Or at least show if there's something suspicious going on?

Yes, but: A transvaginal ultrasound(US)and or abdominal ultrasound can often detect enlargement the ovary in ovarian cancer. However, screening US are not recommended as there are many conditions that can cause ovarian enlargement besides cancer, most all of them benign. The most important approach is to check US in women with persistent unexplained abdominal or urinary symptoms. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I had an ultrasound done about a year ago, could I have gotten ovarian cancer since then.?

What do you advise if I had an ultrasound done about a year ago, could I have gotten ovarian cancer since then.?

Ovarian cancer: It is theoretically possible, the ultrasound one year ago has no influence on future events. Why do you think you might have ovarian cancer? Best bet is to talk to your gyn. If you have a genetic increased risk(BRCA carrier) or a strong family history, there may be a role for screening ultrasounds. ...Read more

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Ultrasound last august was fine feel symptoms of ovarian cancer now. From experience, have you seen ovarian cancer develop to late stages in this span?

Ultrasound last august was fine feel symptoms of ovarian cancer now. From experience, have you seen ovarian cancer develop to late stages in this span?

Yes: Common for ovarian cancer to develop quickly. However, ovarian cancer is uncommon and is especially uncommon in a 22-year-old. There could be other concerning diagnoses. Go see a doctor, but don't stress too much about ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Aren't transvaginal ultrasounds good for checking ovarian cancer?

Aren't transvaginal ultrasounds good for checking ovarian cancer?

Limited: Ultrasound, 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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Wht r chances I have ovarian cancer? I've had ultrasound & there was fluid where a cyst had popped but nothing else- it hurts sometimes-???

Wht r chances I have ovarian cancer? I've had ultrasound & there was fluid where a cyst had popped but nothing else- it hurts sometimes-???

Sneaky Ovarian CA: Ovarian cancer is often difficult to diagnose with very few symptoms. However, at your age and without a family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer (genetic predisposition) it is very unlikely. The GYN or FP MD who ordered the ultrasound can offer other testing for CA if you have further concerns. ...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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What are symptoms of ovarian cancer? Can an MRI help in this case more than an ultrasound?

What are symptoms of ovarian cancer? Can an MRI help in this case more than an ultrasound?

Ovarian CA: The initial screening test for women high risk for ovarian ca is an ultrasound and measurement of ca-125 a serum test. If the urtrasound is suspicious then an MRI or a special ct is done. Depends on the institution. ...Read more

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Can an ultrasound detect ovarian cancer or uterine cancer?

Can an ultrasound detect ovarian cancer or uterine cancer?

Ovarian/uterine CA: Ultrasound can detect ovarian mass and abnormal thickening of the uterine lining which may suggest uterine ca in the right clinical setting. May need further imaging and /or intervention if there are suspicious findings on ultrasound. ...Read more

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Transvaginal ultrasound for ovarian cancer what are they looking for?

How the ovaries look: They are looking for how the ovaries look in terms of size and shape generally. ...Read more

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How accurate is trans vaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

How accurate is trans vaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

Apparently, very.: Statistics for this are hard to come by, but this is an essential part, along with physical exam, and blood test (for ca-125), of the initial workup. Patients can be asymptomatic, and physical exam can be negative. An ultrasound is likely to find suspect areas that the other tests can fail to pick up. High ca-125 can be seen in other conditions. Surgery is probably the most specific procedure. ...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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What the test for ovarian cancer? Ultrasound or blood test

What the test for ovarian cancer? Ultrasound or blood test

Several tests done.: Pain and bloating can be signs of ovarian cancer, but they can be just from a painful period. Ovarian cancer would be more likely in older women, like 40+ years, and most likely in women 70+ years. Other tests, like pelvic exam, ca-125, and transvaginal ultrasound would be needed. The ultimate way to know is surgery to see if it is in fact, a tumor of something else. ...Read more

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Would an ultrasound and a transvaginal ultrasound still miss signs of ovarian cancer?

Would an ultrasound and a transvaginal ultrasound still miss signs of ovarian cancer?

Yes: Almost all test and imaging studies have false positive and false negative results. Early ovarian cancer is particularly difficult to detect as the normal ovary often has cystic changes and varies in size during the reproductive period. Having said that, transvaginal ultrasound is a useful and perhaps the best test for detecting ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a kidney stone ultrasound also detect ovarian cancer?

Yes, but...: It is possible that a renal ultrasound might detect some findings associated with ovarian cancer but the cancer would have to be relatively advanced for such findings to be present. Ascites (fluid in the abdomen) soft tissue masses on the abdominal wall (peritoneal implants), and blockage of the kidneys may be seen. The ovaries themselves would not typically be studied. ...Read more

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Could the transvaginal ultrasound not catch ovarian cancer on time before it spreads to other organs?

Could the transvaginal ultrasound not catch ovarian cancer on time before it spreads to other organs?

Possibly: The transvaginal ultrasound (u/s) is arguably the best screening tool for ovarian cancer (oca) but certainly the quality of the u/s and the state of the oca when it was discovered can affect the value of the early diagnosis. A recent study comparing the survival of persons whose oca was detected by u/s to those diagnosed by other means showed significant increased survival in the u/s group. ...Read more

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In er, ultrasound showed cysts on both ovaries, and one cyst was lumpy. Could this be ovarian cancer?

It might be.: A cyst might be simple or multi-loculated, that is, many cysts in one with many walls that could contain cancer cells. The cyst might be filled with blood, a hemorrhagic cyst, or fluid, or be something else entirely. That's why it should be examined and possibly removed by laparoscopy, etc. It would be wise to see your doctor for an exam. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does this mean that the transvaginal ultrasound does not catch ovarian cancer on time before it spreads?

Only a small : Percentage of ovarian cancers are found by accident on ultrasound before they spread outside of the ovary. ...Read more

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Is an ultrasound that examines the endometrium also good for examining the ovaries? How does one get their ovaries examined to check for ovarian cancer

Pelvic Ultrasound: A standard female pelvic ultrasound evaluates the uterus (and endometrium) as well as the ovaries. Current ultrasound technology (especially when both transabdominal and transvaginal images are obtained) is a very good screening test for ovarian pathology including ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Concerned had ultrasound a year ago — womb clear diagnosed wiv POCS hv all symptoms of stage 3 ovarian cancer. Hw long does it take 2 become stage 3?

Concerned had ultrasound a year ago — womb clear diagnosed wiv POCS hv all symptoms of stage 3 ovarian cancer. Hw long does it take 2 become stage 3?

Whoa: The symptoms of common stage 3 ovarian cancer are nonspecific. Poly cystic ovary syndrome is not cancer. Your fears alone justify repeat imaging. A check for pelvic venous congestion and functional bowel syndrome might be a next step. ...Read more

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Can transvaginal ultrasound be used for early detection of ovarian cancer?

Can transvaginal ultrasound be used for early detection of ovarian cancer?

Sometimes: It is not a good screening test for the average woman. However, some centers recommend aggressive screening for women with significant family history of ovarian cancer or genetic related issues. In those few cases, screening with vaginal ultrasound and ca-125 blood tests may be helpful. (but unfortunately, these tests are no where near as sensitive as colonoscopy screening for colorectal polyps. ...Read more

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How precise is the pelvic and trans vaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

How precise is the pelvic and trans vaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

Limited: Ultrasound, 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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How accurate is the pelvic and trans vaginal ultrasound for the early detection of ovarian cancer?

How accurate is the pelvic and trans vaginal ultrasound for the early detection of ovarian cancer?

Not accurate enough: Early diagnosis is of ovarian cancer is essetial for cure, the silent killer of woman. But it is useful in identifying the nature of pelvic mass, and possible to detect ovarian cancer, moot point can it detect it early, national alliance on ovarian cancer recommends it. Other useful blood tests ca 125, new ova 1 may not detect all early ovarian cancers. ...Read more

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How accurate is the transabdomen and transvaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

How accurate is the transabdomen and transvaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

Not very: Unfortunately, there is no good screening for ovarian cancer. Ultrasound will show a mass if there is one and may help characterize it as likely benign or malignant. This, with blood test and recognizing symptoms, might help with managment of a mass that is already there, but not in early detection. Notify your doctor if you have persistent bloating, change in bowel or bladder habits, or pain. ...Read more

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Would diagnostic laparoscopy find ovarian cancer if there was any? I've had one, and ultrasounds and a colonoscopy but no cause for bloating found

Usually: Yes provided the ovaries were readily visible and you had a thorough laparoscopy. Bloating is often caused by excessive fiber along with inadequate fluids and all the exams you had would all be negative. Try modifying your diet, cut out caffeine and drink 80-100 oz of fluids per day for 10-15 days. Simethicone and charcoal tablets may also help as will probiotics. ...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 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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How precise is the pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

How precise is the pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

Limited: Ultrasound, 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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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