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Dr. Michael Gabor
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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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Would an ovarian cyst show up on a pelvic CT scan?

Would an ovarian cyst show up on a pelvic CT scan?

See answer: While ct can certainly identify an ovarian cyst, usually endovaginal us is better suited for this purpose. ...Read more

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Do ovarian tumors show up on an abdominal/ pelvic cat scan with contrast?

Do ovarian tumors show up on an abdominal/ pelvic cat scan with contrast?

Yes if big enough: They can be seen if over 2cm. Transvaginal sono is more sensitive. Neither method has been shown to be a useful screening modality for ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Ct scan showed free fluid from ruptured ovarian cyst follow up ultras showed pelvic fluild dr said no there was not a ruptured cyst how can they tell?

Ct scan showed free fluid from ruptured ovarian cyst follow up ultras showed pelvic fluild dr said no there was not a ruptured cyst how can they tell?

Cyst rupture or not?: The free fluid could be from a ruptured ovarian cyst, or it could just be physiological free fluid. Did you have severe pelvic pain that seemed to get better with time? If so, a ruptured cyst is more likely. ...Read more

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Which is better for detecting ovarian tumors ultrasound or cat scan, my pelvic ultrasound said solid mass, CT said no mass?

Which is better for detecting ovarian tumors ultrasound or cat scan, my pelvic ultrasound said solid mass, CT said no mass?

Complimentary: Ct ; ultasound are complimentary imaging modalities. For smaller masses in appropriate location ultrasound may have an advantage especially if done transvaginally. For larger masses ct may have the advantage of not being blocked by bowel gas and being less degraded by large body habitus. More specific info in your case would be helpful. Size of mass? How was the sono done? Ct with oral and IV cont. ...Read more

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Could an abdominal/pelvic CT scan without contrast (ordered for ureteral stones) detect ovarian cancer also?

Could an abdominal/pelvic CT scan without contrast (ordered for ureteral stones) detect ovarian cancer also?

MAYBE: Although a contrast-enhanced ct--or, better still, a pelvic ultrasound--are preferred methods for visualizing the ovaries, a non-contact ct would likely show nonspecific irregularities of the ovaries. Bottom line: pelvic ultrasound is the best choice for visualizing ovaries. ...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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Can a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis detect ovarian, cervical, uterine and colon cancer? Can it also detect fibroid?

Can a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis detect ovarian, cervical, uterine and colon cancer? Can it also detect fibroid?

It is a great imagin: Ct scan is one of the best way to look inside the abdomen, showing images of all the solid organs(not hollow ones). So we can visualize the ovarian and uterine massess(like tumors, cysts, growths like fibroids).Yet we can not see small tumors in colon or even in the ovaries and uterus.So we end up using 2 different tests, adding ultrasound for uterus/ovay, barium to see inside the intestine/stomac. ...Read more

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Had ruptured ovarian cyst due to fluid found in pelvis from CT scan. Have been nauseous for a week & spitting constantly since then - help!

See Answer: The ovaries are dynamic organs, with developing follicles that mature, “rupture” – and release the egg at about 22-25mm, and regress. This physiology may cause “mittelschmerz” or ovulation pain that could last for a few days. This is not uncommonly accompanied by some slight fluid in the cul –de - sac or adnexal areas of the pelvis. If symptoms or concern persist please see your dr. To insure. ...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


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