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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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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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Can a CT scan diagnose endometrial cancer?

Can a CT scan diagnose endometrial cancer?

CT is: generally not used for diagnosis or staging of endometrial cancer, however endometrial can be detected on a contrast enhanced scan. Ultrasound is more useful for initial imaging, and if additional imaging is necessary, MRI is superior to CT. ...Read more

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How well can a CT scan detect a hysterectomy?

How well can a CT scan detect a hysterectomy?

Obvious: A hysterectomy should be pretty obvious on ct scan. Things will be missing and there may be surgical clips. ...Read more

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Can colon cancer be detected on a CT scan?

Can colon cancer be detected on a CT scan?

Yes: however usually advanced colon cancers are the ones that can be picked up. Virtual CT colonography is an improved image, however the best way to definitely diagnose colon cancer is with a regular colonoscopy. let me know if you have further questions ...Read more

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Can transvaginal scan miss a cancer?

Can transvaginal scan miss a cancer?

Yes possible: Small lesion could be missed , diagnosis of cancers need more than one test , needs several tests including exploration and biopsy. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan detect gastrointestinal cancer?

Can a CT scan detect gastrointestinal cancer?

Yes: Absolutely. Also an MRI with diffusion weighted imaging. Look it up. ...Read more

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Can abdominal/pelvic CT scan w/contrast Miss a pancreatic cancer?? Is this possible?

It is possible: Pancreatic cancer can begin in various locations(head, body or tail of the pancreas) and can be quite small yet cause lots of symptoms. So despite CECT there is small chance of missing this tumor unless the focus of the CT is on the Pancreas and the test is planned and done with this diagnosis in mind. In fact there are special protocols for making this diagnosis.That may not have been done here. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan always detect a tumor?

Can a CT scan always detect a tumor?

Only at certain time: Bulky lesions in the retroperitoneum or masses growing off the bowel are frequently visualized. The same holds true for metastatic lesions to liver and lung. When we work up a patient for extensive surgical resection and want to be sure no metastatic focus is present to be addressed or might obviate the surgical procedure, a PET/CAT scan is employed where any malignant lesion lights up. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan of abdomen detect cancer?

Can a CT scan of abdomen detect cancer?

Sometimes. : It depends on many factors, the size of the cancer, the organ it involves, technical factors with the study, etc. There are many variables. Remember each cancer starts as a single cell, so we can never completely exclude the diagnosis even when a ct is completely normal. Pet/ct can show cancers that are virtually impossible to see on ct, even with contrast. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan detect an ovarian cyst?

Can a CT scan detect an ovarian cyst?

yes: Yes, if it is large enough. Ct will usually detect ovarian cysts 10mm or larger, but an ultrasound is a better way to evaluate the ovaries and does not utilize radiation. ...Read more

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Can endometrial cancer be detected on a sonogram or mri?

Can endometrial cancer  be detected on a sonogram or mri?

Yes, both: Pelvic ultrasound is by far the most common way to evaluate the endometrium. Mri can also evaluate the endometrium but is a much more involved and expensive test. ...Read more

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Can a CT and MRI without contrast detect a pituitary tumour?

Can a CT and MRI without contrast  detect a pituitary tumour?

Yes it could: Ct is more dependent on contrast. But MRI has two phases(t1and t2) which can serve like a contrast and the tumors often show up better in t2 weighted images. ...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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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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Can a CT scan see stage 2 colon cancer?

Can a CT scan see stage 2 colon cancer?

Sometimes: Ct imaging can show abnormalities in the colon, but the best test is colonoscopy. This gives a doctor the chance to directly visualize the colon and also biopsy anything suspicious. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan detect pregnancy when having a CT scan for appendix? How early cam it detect a pregnancy ?

Can a CT scan detect pregnancy when having a CT scan for appendix? How early cam it detect a pregnancy ?

Shouldn't be used: Nearly all facilities will test for pregnancy with a blood test prior to performing a ct scan on a women of childbearing age due to potentially harmful radiation effects to a developing embryo or fetus. Whether they told you or not they probably checked at the time you were evaluated for appendicitis. It is rare to see a fetus on a ct scan because of this, but sometimes is seen in emergency scan. ...Read more

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How long before a CT scan can detect internal bleeding?

Internal Bleeding: Ct scans with contrast are sensitive for the detection of bleeding from solid organs when done with IV contrast if the source is from the GI tract a nuclear medicine bleeding scan is better for this purpose. ...Read more

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How accurate is CT with contrast for lung cancer detection?

See answer: Pulmonary ct is extremely sensitive in identifying lung nodules. When found, these nodules then need to be appropriately evaluated either with followup lung ct, pet-ct, or direct tissue sampling. Your clinical dr. Can best advise you – or you can be seen at a dedicated lung nodule center. ...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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Had CT of pelvis, with and without oral and IV contrast... Ovaries normal- would something have shown if ovarian cancer? Also had annual OB pelvic nml

Had CT of pelvis, with and without oral and IV contrast... Ovaries normal- would something have shown if ovarian cancer? Also had annual OB pelvic nml

Yes: The fact that there is no ovarian mass is reassuring. However, there are rare cancers such as primary peritoneal cancer that may exist in the absence of a pelvic mass. ...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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Ct & transvaginal scan done on pelvis October 2016. Both clear. I'm 5 months into no period. Can ovarian cancer develop this quick? Help?! NotPregnant

The most common: forms of ovarian cancer develop very slowly, and would not tend to affect your periods. Talk to your GYN for follow up. ...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?

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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Please help docs! is ovarian cancer usually fatal (50-50) or easy to treat?

Please help docs! is ovarian cancer usually fatal (50-50) or easy to treat?

It depends.: The best treatment for ovarian cancer is surgery, and the earlier it is caught, the better the chance for cure. Early ovarian cancer causes vague symptoms like bloating, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, or feelings of pressure. This means ovarian cancer is often not diagnosed until it has grown and spread, when it is harder to treat. If it can't be completely removed by surgery, it is often fatal. ...Read more

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Can a pelvic ultrasound detect ovarian cancer? What are the chances of having a normal scan and still having it?

Can a pelvic ultrasound detect ovarian cancer? What are the chances of having a normal scan and still having it?

Fairly reliable test: Pelvic ultrasound is fairly reliable to detect masses or fluid collections in the pelvis. It will also pick up most cases of Ovarian Cancer. So a normal ultrasound rules out obvious Ovarian cancer. Yet it can miss small tumors arising from the ovary. I think you can relax and not worry about missing cancer if you have no pelvic or abdominal symptoms... which can be quite subtle for ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Day 10 of cycle right ovary 2.2x 1.38 x 2.24 left ovary 3.87l x 2.01h x 4w with a teeny dermoid and 2 CM simple cyst is left ovary considered enlarged and should I worry about ovarian cancer?

Day 10 of cycle right ovary 2.2x 1.38 x 2.24 left ovary 3.87l x 2.01h x 4w with a teeny dermoid and 2 CM simple cyst is left ovary considered enlarged and should I worry about ovarian cancer?

Depends on age: Most dermoids are benign tumors, but rarely they can be part of malignant tumor. If these cysts change in size based on menstrual cycle, they are not as worrisome. However, you should monitor them closely (as it seems you are). If you are between 15-40, functional cysts are more common. ...Read more

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Day 10 of cycle right ovary is 2.2 l x 1.38h x 2.24w left ovary 3.87l x 2.01h x 4 w with 7 mm dermoid appearing cyst and a1.8 x 1.5 x 1.99 simple cyst is my left ovary considered enlarged and should I worry this is ovarian cancer?

Day 10 of cycle right ovary is 2.2 l x 1.38h x 2.24w left ovary 3.87l x 2.01h x 4 w with 7 mm dermoid appearing cyst and a1.8 x 1.5 x 1.99 simple cyst is my left ovary considered enlarged and should I worry this is ovarian cancer?

Just watch it 4 now: The large majority of women in their 40s have a couple of simple cysts, and little dermoids are familiar and commonplace. If the radiologist is confident and your gynecologist agrees it's probably a dermoid, then just watch it -- risk of waiting is less than risk of surgery. Glad you are taking a proactive approach to your health, and thanks for a thoughtful question. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if ovarian cancer is usually fatal (50-50) or easy to treat?

Can someone tell me if ovarian cancer is usually fatal (50-50) or easy to treat?

Ovarian ca: If it is found really early in the stage- it is a curable disease. However the problem is usually it is found at a later stage i.e. Stage 3 or 4. Although at that stages, it is still very treatable, however the recurrence rate for stage 3 is significantly high -and unfortunately stage IV is incurable disease. ...Read more

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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. Michael Gabor
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Computed tomography (ct scan) or computed axial tomography (cat scan), is a medical imaging procedure that utilizes computer-processed x-rays to produce tomographic images or 'slices' of specific ...Read more