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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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Dr. Michael Gabor
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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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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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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

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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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Transvaginal ultrasound for ovarian cancer what are they looking for?

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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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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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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Does a normal transvaginal ultrasound result rule out ovarian cancer? I have PCOS and terrible gas and bloating, aunt had ovarian cancer last year

Does a normal transvaginal ultrasound result rule out ovarian cancer? I have PCOS and terrible gas and bloating, aunt had ovarian cancer last year

US is good test: The transvaginal US is a good test for looking at the ovaries. If there were a mass there they should be able to see it on the US. If you have ovarian cancer in your family and you are concerned, you could ask your doctor to order a CA-125 blood test. This test is elevated in ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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I have pubic bone pain and urinary frequency. Doctor ordered a transvaginal ultrasound that came back clear. Could it be ovarian cancer? (age28, brca)

I have pubic bone pain and urinary frequency. Doctor ordered a transvaginal ultrasound that came back clear. Could it be ovarian cancer? (age28, brca)

Probably not: It is very unlikely to have ovarian cancer at 28yo. A negative ultrasound doesn't necessarily rule it out but is a good indicator that the ovaries are ok at this time. If you are brca positive, then you should have an ultrasound and ca125 test every 6 months which may help a little but even better is to remove ovaries once you have completed your family. ...Read more

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Can u still have endometriosis or ovarian cancer w/ a clear transvaginal ultrasound? My doc says my ovaries are normal and my tiny cyst is gone. I have tons of pelvic pain & my mom has the brca2 gene.

Yes and No: Yes: you could definitely have endometriosis with a clear ultrasound, but would not likely have an endometrioma of the ovary no: it would be pretty unlikely to have ovarian cancer with a clear ultrasound and even if you did have extremely early undetectable cancer, it would not cause pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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