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Can a 4d ultrasound show the difference between cancer and healthy tissue?

Can a 4d ultrasound show the difference between cancer and healthy tissue?

Yes: 4d ultrasound can gather 3d volumes and represents the difference between video and a still. These images can show the difference between normal and diseased tissue. ...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 it happen that ultrasound shows cancer and biopsy shows non cancer?

Can it happen that ultrasound shows cancer and biopsy shows non cancer?

Yes: Ultrasound is simply an imaging tool to help aid in diagnosis. Certain tissues will have characteristics raising odds of cancer. Biopsy is a tissue diagnosis. If cancer is present, it will be demonstrated in the biopsy as it is looked at under the microscope. If no cancer is in the specimen removed, then there is no cancer. You should still follow up with surgical physician for path report. ...Read more

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How does an ultrasound show the difference between a benign cyst and cancer?

How does an ultrasound show the difference between a benign cyst and cancer?

Characteristic: Simple cysts are fluid-filled and have well-defined appearance on ultrasound. Complex cysts could potentially be cancerous and require further evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it possible that bladder cancer wouldn't show up on an ultrasound?

Is it possible that bladder cancer wouldn't show up on an ultrasound?

Bladder cancer: Ultrasound is a poor test for detecting bladder cancer. The definitive test remains cystoscopy. This must be performed by a qualified urologist. It can, however, usually be performed in the office. ...Read more

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

Can a 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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Help! I've had a fibroadenoma for 6 years and my latest ultrasound shows "suspicious changes" I have to wait for biopsy. Omg do I have cancer!? I'm25

Help! I've had a fibroadenoma for 6 years and my latest ultrasound shows "suspicious changes" I have to wait for biopsy. Omg do I have cancer!? I'm25

Being scared: Most likely not. But the doctor who did the test was not sure and did the exact next right thing. Plan or do a biopsy. The only thing to do now is to breathe and wait. The answer will come quick enough. ...Read more

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Let me try this again one ovary larger than other ovary only shows simple folllicular cyst on ultrasound nothing abnormal can cancer present a just an enlargrment with nothing abormal on ultrasound?

Let me try this again one ovary larger than other ovary only shows simple folllicular cyst on ultrasound nothing abnormal can cancer present a just an enlargrment with nothing abormal on ultrasound?

Not likely: Ovaries are very active organs with monthly changes, enlarging and shrinking. Cysts come and go. Usually pelvic ultrasound is repeated after 4-6 weeks. A tumor may persist. Cancer may continue to grow. In medically literature, a size greater than 5 cm may prompt surgical intervention. Again, there are no way to rule out cancer until the ovary is removed. ...Read more

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What would experts say? Could a full body ultrasound scan show previously undiagnosed bowel cancer?

What would experts say? Could a full body ultrasound scan show previously undiagnosed bowel cancer?

No: Ultrasound is not a good way to look at the bowel/intestines. There is a lot of artifact from the gas within the bowel that makes things inside the bowel difficult to see. A test for blood in the stool and/or colonoscopy would be better. Sometimes a ct scan or upper GI or barium enema can also help. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are odds there is cancer in the breast if two ultrasounds show them clear (with an aggressive cancer)?

Please tell me what are odds there is cancer in the breast if two ultrasounds show them clear (with an aggressive cancer)?

Too complex: To answer. See your doctor. If you have family history or other risk factors for breast cancer, additional imaging may be needed. If you have a palpable lesion more imaging is needed. May need a diagnostic mammogram. Breast MRI is an option in certain cases. See womenshealth. Gov. ...Read more

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My dr thinks my cancer might be back. Going to send me for an ultrasound. Will that show the cancer? I've always had ct's in the past.

My dr thinks my cancer might be back. Going to send me for an ultrasound. Will that show the cancer? I've always had ct's in the past.

May hold true: Recurrent and metastatic disease is common problem with malignancies. When matrix metalloproteinase develops it produces small e-cadherin inducing spread of tumor. Depending on the type of lesion one looks for lung, liver, bone and other areas. The most effective study is the PET/CAT that will demonstrate most sites of spread. For potential therapy. ...Read more

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Would a transvaginal ultrasound show cervical cancer?

Would a transvaginal ultrasound show cervical cancer?

Yes, but...: Any disease or life event will always display on its own pattern of full spectrum; so will cervical cancer. At its early stage, the affected feels nothing. As the disease advances, it may locally advance to damage and distort local. Nearby tissue, and to spread to far sites. So, if not treated timely, what you concern about will appear on its course of progress. US may suspect such but CT defines.. ...Read more

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Would cancer show up on a obstetric transvaginal ultrasound?

Would cancer show up on a obstetric transvaginal ultrasound?

Possible: Manifestations of abdominal spread of malignancy like ascites (fluid) or masses could be detected on a tv exam. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have breast cancer if it doesn't show up on an ultrasound?

Is it possible to have breast cancer if it doesn't show up on an ultrasound?

Yes: Ultrasound is only one means of evaluation of the breast. Physical examination and mammogram can be more accurate in some settings. Breast MRI is used sometimes. Breast biopsy of a concerning finding may be the only way to confirm that a breast condition is benign or not. ...Read more

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Will medullary thyroid cancer always show in a thyroid ultrasound? If not how do they find it?

Thyroid cancer: Hello. Unfortunately cancer of the thyroid will not show up on an ultrasound. A nodule or a growth in the thyroid can be seen and identified. A tissue or needle biopsy is needed to examine the cells for cancer. An excisional biopsy if needed will provide the pathologist the entire gland which then will be examined and a diagnosis rendered. ...Read more

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My ultrasound shows multiple ovoid lesions in both breasts features may present fibrodenomas. Does it increase future risk of breast cancer?

My ultrasound shows multiple ovoid lesions in both breasts features may present fibrodenomas. Does it increase future risk of breast cancer?

Depends: Simple fibroadenomas do not increase risk of breast cancer. However, some fibroadenomas are complex and do have a small increased lifetime risk for cancer. The practical issue is how many, how large and how many to biopsy/sample and how to follow up if they are not removed. Go see a surgical onoclogist or general surgeon with experience and special interest/expertise on breast disease ...Read more

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Mammogram shows macro calcifications, & bilateral axillary sub cm nodes. Ultrasound shows normal readings. Strong family history of bc &uterine cancer.

Mammogram shows macro calcifications, & bilateral axillary sub cm nodes. Ultrasound shows normal readings. Strong family history of bc &uterine cancer.

Calcifications: Whether or not calcifications need to be biopsied primarily depends on their size, shape, and distribution. If they are typically benign based on those criteria, biopsy is usually not indicated. "Sub centimeter" axillary lymph nodes are normal findings. ...Read more

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Mammogram shows macro calcifications but ultrasound is normal. Have a family history of bc and uterine cancer. Is biopsy needed for further evaluation?

Mammogram shows macro calcifications but ultrasound is normal. Have a family history of bc and uterine cancer. Is biopsy needed for further evaluation?

More info: Is needed. Whether or not calcifications need to be biopsied depends on their size, shape, and distribution. If they are typically benign by those criteria, they don't need to be biopsied. ...Read more

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Ultrasound shows 7 nodules; blood work is normal. History of thyroid cancer in family. Dr. Says wait a year and recheck. Good advice? Get 2nd opinion?

Ultrasound shows 7 nodules; blood work is normal. History of thyroid cancer in family. Dr. Says wait a year and recheck. Good advice? Get 2nd opinion?

Sounds Ok: Annual re-examination is usually fine, and if any of the nodules reveal 15-20% growth, sampling with a needle (biopsy) can be considered at that time. ...Read more

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Swollen l suprclav node for 3mo. Ultrasound shows it to be1.5cm. Dr says its benign. No breast cancer. What now?!

Swollen l suprclav node for 3mo. Ultrasound shows it to be1.5cm. Dr says its benign. No breast cancer. What now?!

1.5 cm and benign?: Normally, any lymph node greater than 1 cm in the neck is considered suspicious.

If it has not grown in three months, that is somewhat reassuring. If it shows any more growth, I would certainly biopsy it.

If you biopsied it now, there is probably over a 90% chance that your doctor is right. Weight loss, night sweats, unexplained fevers, sore throat, difficulty swallowing or hoarseness? ...Read more

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Can a scrotal ultrasound almost always show if someone has testicular cancer? If not what do they do? Just remove everyone's testicles?

Can a scrotal ultrasound almost always show if someone has testicular cancer? If not what do they do? Just remove everyone's testicles?

Here are some. ..: Most of times, it will be true and safe to remove the testicle with mass through inguinal incision - called radical orchiectomy. Why? The experience in the decision to do so by a good history, proper physical exam, and tests such US, hormonal tests have proved to be accurate and well worth, although occasional mistake may occur. How to make such a final decision may widely vary depending on. .. ...Read more

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Breast ultrasound shows 2 cysts in each breast. 1 with debri. She said she sees no cancer all is benign and to come back in 6 months. Should I worry?

Breast ultrasound shows 2 cysts in each breast. 1 with debri. She said she sees no cancer all is benign and to come back in 6 months. Should I worry?

According to: ACR guidelines those findings don't require any follow-up, so your doctor is probably just being cautious. You don't need to worry, the chance of malignancy is well below 1 percent, and close to zero. ...Read more

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I had a breast lump almost a year ago. Got it checked, the ultrasound didn't show anything. Could it be breast cancer? I turned 17 this year

I had a breast lump almost a year ago. Got it checked, the ultrasound didn't show anything. Could it be breast cancer? I turned 17 this year

Unsure: At your age a breast cancer is unlikely but still possible. If the lump is still present you should see your doctor for re-evaluation. ...Read more

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Living with clear cell ovarian cancer 3 years but PET scan shows activity in right breast retroareolar region. Ultrasound showed nothing 4m ago?

Living with clear cell ovarian cancer 3 years but PET scan shows activity in right breast retroareolar region. Ultrasound showed nothing 4m ago?

Recommend further ev: If there is sufficient update in the PET scan (SUV of >2.5), I would advise you to have another breat imaging study done. You have a choice to have mammography, repeat Ultrasound test or repeat PET scan once again, if the last PET scan was done >3 months earlier.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Can bladder cancer be seen on ultrasound? If u/s shows no tumor, should further testing be done on a child with gross terminal hematuria? Not a uti.

Can bladder cancer be seen on ultrasound? If u/s shows no tumor, should further testing be done on a child with gross terminal hematuria? Not a uti.

Here are some. ..: Ultrasound study only gives a gross rough imaging assessment with low sensitivity for small lesions. So, it is an absolute saying no bladder cancer. Terminal gross hematuria suggests its origin from the urethra, especially prostate urethra. So, a cystourethroscopy under anesthesia is needed. But, how far an evaluation should go for? It should be individualized. So, ask and talk with Doc timely. ...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.?

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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I have had kidney cancer CT scan now show another small lesion in the same kidney but ultrasound does not?

I have had kidney cancer CT scan now show another small lesion in the same kidney but ultrasound does not?

Mri: Mri can be another excellent imaging modality in these scenarios. If the renal mass is so small it's difficult to determine on ct then it is likely safe to follow with another ct in 6 - 12 months. But asking about MRI is one thought in the short term. ...Read more

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Thyroid nodule at 3.4 x 4.7 x 2.3cm. Blood tests confirm all is normal. Ultrasound shows heterogeneous iso/small area hypechoic. Chances of cancer?

Thyroid nodule at 3.4 x 4.7 x 2.3cm. Blood tests confirm all is normal. Ultrasound shows heterogeneous iso/small area hypechoic. Chances of cancer?

Yes, some: You need to see an endocrinologist. Who would likely do a fine needle aspiration (fna) biopsy. Thyroid cancer needs to be ruled out by further testing. It has to be a consideration in your case. But thyroid cancer is easily treatable and highly curable (>95%). ...Read more

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Pain and elevated liver. Doctor thought I could have gallstones. Got an ultrasound. Can an ultrasound show anything else (such as bowel cancer)?

Pain and elevated liver. Doctor thought I could have gallstones. Got an ultrasound. Can an ultrasound show anything else (such as bowel cancer)?

It has limitations: Ultrasound is a very good tool in diagnosing gallstones and evaluate the liver. However it is not a good tool to evaluate the colon. Usually ultrasound does not show colon cancer unless the colon cancer is very large. The best way to diagnose colon cancer is colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Thyroid ultrasound shows new mural nodule, calcifications, masses, lesions, and lymphadenopathy. Possible cancer?

Thyroid ultrasound shows new mural nodule, calcifications, masses, lesions, and lymphadenopathy. Possible cancer?

Possible cancer: With your description cancer is a possibility but by no means certain.
Where is the lymphadenopathy?

An imaging study with biopsy is what is needed here. Please have your doctor schedule this.

Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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38 yr male, good shape, avid runner. Traces of blood in urine. Dad diagnosed with kidney cancer at 40. Dr ordered ultrasound. Would this show cancer?

38 yr male, good shape, avid runner. Traces of blood in urine. Dad diagnosed with kidney cancer at 40. Dr ordered ultrasound. Would this show cancer?

Not necessarily: Traces of blood in urine can result from many reasons, running and exercise is amongst few of the benign reasons, however it can be an early sign of cancer as well. A thorough investigation is mandatory for anyone with strong family history. One should consult the PCP right away and ideally should be evaluated by a Urologist. A kidney ultrasound is one of the many tests needed. ...Read more

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Would abd ultrasound and full blood count show something is wrong possibly colon cancer? No blood visible only loose stool. Diagnosed with ibs.

Would abd ultrasound and full blood count show something is wrong possibly colon cancer? No blood visible only loose stool. Diagnosed with ibs.

Loose stool: At your age colon cancer would be very rare. Abd US and full blood count are not the best tests to screen for colon cancer. A colonoscopy would be the better test. If your tests thus far are normal but still have symptoms, I would see your doctor for further testing. Colonoscopy would be the best test as I stated before if all other tests were normal. ...Read more

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3cm hypoechoic solid vascular thyroid nodule with a cluster of hurthle cells, fna benign, follow up ultrasound now shows microcalcifications. Cancer?

3cm hypoechoic solid vascular thyroid nodule with a cluster of hurthle cells, fna benign, follow up ultrasound now shows microcalcifications. Cancer?

Not necessarily...: The fact that FNA was reported as benign, the nodule is unlikely to be malignant. Small droplets of benign colloid often mimic "microcalcificatins" of papillary tumor, hence caution is advised. I would suggest repeating the FNA, and consider also collecting samples for gene profiling studies, such as, those manufactured by Veracyte and Asuragen (Note:I have no financial/other interest.) ...Read more

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Can an abdominal ultra sound test show cancer?

Can an abdominal ultra sound test show cancer?

Some (not all): An ultrasound of the abdomen is an excellent way of looking at solid- (liver, kidney, uterus, ovaries, spleen) and fluid-filled (gallbladder) organs; "not so much" for hollow ones such as the intestine. Therefore, it depends what type of cancer you are specifically looking for. A ct scan often provides complimentary and/or corroborating information. ...Read more

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Would stage 4 cancer show up on an abdominal ultra sound?

Would stage 4 cancer show up on an abdominal ultra sound?

Yes, inside abdomen: Ultrasound of the abdomen will frequently show any tumors inside the abdomen although the images are not always of the best quality. So it is a poor man's CT scan. CT scan of the abdomen is a better test but it costs more and also it exposes you to Radiation. ...Read more

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