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To detect ovarian cancer, abnormality of cells or cysts or any other growth what is better MRI or ct-scan?

To detect ovarian cancer, abnormality of cells or cysts or any other growth what is better MRI or ct-scan?

Neither: Unfortunately there are no good screening tests for ovarian cancer. Now in someone with known cancer MRI and ct can be helpful to determine the potential extent of cancer, but neither is effective as a screening test. ...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


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Can a CT scan detect ovarian cancer?

Can a CT scan detect ovarian cancer?

Need tissue: It can detect a mass but the definitive diagnosis is done by looking at the tissue either taken by biopsy or surgery. ...Read more

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I have 2 cystic ovarian masses, on CT scan. Could this mean ovarian cancer. I'm nervous. 29 years old?

I have 2 cystic ovarian masses, on CT scan. Could this mean ovarian cancer. I'm nervous. 29 years old?

Almost never!!: It is very common to see cysts on the ovaries. Ovaries make cysts every month that contain eggs. These come and go all the time. These are usually small, under 3cm each. But you should follow up with your gynecologist who can check with an ultrasound. Ct scan is a very poor way to look at the ovaries and pelvic ultrasound will tell you much more. Most likely, they will go away on their own. ...Read more

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How easily can a CT scan detect ovarian cancer?

How easily can a CT scan detect ovarian cancer?

Detects mass: Imaging, either by ultrasound, ct or MRI detects a mass in the ovary and cts are good at that, but not the only modality. Current imaging techniques are good at suggesting ovarian cancer. Actual diagnosis of the nature of the mass requires examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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Can you trust the diagnosis of ovarian cancer that is detected through a CT scan and ultrsound?

Can you trust the diagnosis of ovarian cancer that is detected through a CT scan and ultrsound?

Not very reliable: Ultrasound, ct, 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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Ct found ovarian cystic mass, does that mean a cyst. Can a CT scan tell the difference between a cyst and tumor? Worried about ovarian cancer.

Not necessarily: Ultrasound would be a more accurate test to evaluate the contents of an ovarian cyst. Ovarian cysts are common findings. You should see your gynecologist. ...Read more

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I am worried I have ovarian cancer. I have had some pelvic pain for three months. I've had ultrasound , ca125 and MRI scan. All show nothing. ?

Ovarian cancer: Although there is no screening test for ovarian cancer, you have had tests that would help show it if it is present. There are many more common causes of pain (endometriosis, adhesions, interstitial cystitis ...) which are much more likely. ...Read more

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Do CT scans pick up early stages OR stages of ovarian cancer and colon cancer?

Do CT scans pick up early stages OR stages of ovarian cancer and colon cancer?

Yes/No: For early detection of Cancer, there are well defined screening guidelines which your primary care physician can share with you and guide you. For Colon cancer CT scan is not a good screening test. Instead Colonoscopy is the best test,but it is to be done> 40 years of age unless you have any symptoms like rectal bleeding or abdominal pain. Best thing you can do is to have an annual Physical exam. ...Read more

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Can MRI miss ovarian cancer?

Can MRI miss ovarian cancer?

Yes possible: Diagnosis of ovarian cancer is a complex process , from family history , to examination by gyn doctor , various preliminary tests , MRI can miss small lesions. Speak to your gyn doctor , and go for regular visits. ...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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Is this a sign of ovarian cancer or cervical cancer MRI shows bilateral ovarian cysts and small follicles also present on right ovary and iliac node?

No: It is hard to say with the information provided, but the MRI finding sounds benign, non-cancerous. Of course the ordering physician and official radiology report are more important than someone that does not know the full story. ...Read more

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Can a CT show difference between ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?

Can a CT show difference between ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?

Depends.: A cystic ovarian lesion can be a benign cyst or a cystic neoplasm. Even a benign cyst can be difficult to diagnose on ct if it has blood (hemorrhagic) or debris inside it. A ct may not be able to discern a hemorrhagic cyst from a solid tumor. A cyst with a growth along its wall may be suspicious. An ultrasound may be useful. Short term follow may tell if the cyst resolve/improve. ...Read more

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Does a CT show a difference between ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: A ct of the abdomen and pelvis can give clues but surgery gives the only answers. In general, ovarian cancers are larger, more complex, often involve the omentum and lymph nodes. Ascites (excessive fluid in the abdomen) is often seen on ct also. ...Read more

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Ct&transvaginal scan done October 2016. Clear. Now no period for 5 months. From then to now, can I have advanced ovarian cancer? I'm so scared. 22 y/o

Ct&transvaginal scan done October 2016. Clear. Now no period for 5 months. From then to now, can I have advanced ovarian cancer? I'm so scared. 22 y/o

Doubt it: Ovarian cancer is usually found in women aged 50 to 60 years old. Please see: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ovarian-cancer/basics/risk-factors/con-20028096 ...Read more

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After a vagina and a top pelvis ultrasound and a CT scan doctor says the sourse of my pelvic pain is a left ovary cyst. Said that it should clear up on its on. With all three test would that been able to tell if this was ovarian cancer. I am 41 years ol

After a vagina and a top pelvis ultrasound and a CT scan doctor says the sourse of my pelvic pain is a left ovary cyst.  Said that it should clear up on its on.  With all three test would that been able to tell if this was ovarian cancer. I am 41 years ol

Most likely Cyst: Cancer much less likely. As you know nothing in life is 100%. The most likely diagnosis based on what is described is cyst. Depending on simple vs. Complex cyst it needs to be followed for a couple of your cycles till resolves. Cancer is much less likely. ...Read more

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Could a pet scan detect ovarian cancer?

Could a pet scan detect ovarian cancer?

Possibly: If tumor metabolically active will pick up isotope f18 FDG , analog of glucose. Imaging with pet ct will detect abnormality. Most malignant tumors are active, but not all. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

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


Dr. Patricia Foster
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more