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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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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