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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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


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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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Will an ovarian cyst always show up on a CT scan?

Will an ovarian cyst always show up on a CT scan?

See answer: Ultrasound or possibly MRI usually are used for evaluating specific ovarian pathology although ct can identify lesions of the ovary. ...Read more

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Would an ovarian cyst show up on a CT or do you need to have an ultrasound?

Would an ovarian cyst show up on a CT or do you need to have an ultrasound?

It would show up if: An ovarian cyst would show up on a ct scan as long as you had a scan of your abdomen and pelvis, and the cyst was large. Very small cysts would not be obvious on ct. Ultrasound is generally considered a better imaging modality for ovarian cysts, because it exposes the patient to less radiation and is a cheaper test. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan tell u what type of ovarian cyst you have? was diagnosed at ER with 3.6 CM cyst and followed up with gyno- she did no further tests

Differential: A CT scan can give you what doctors call a differential diagnosis of an ovarian cyst: it will limit the possibilities to a reasonable list of what it might be. No imaging study ever diagnoses 100% what an ovarian mass is. ...Read more

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Lower right quadrant pain for years. Comes and goes. Have had ovarian cysts show up before. Have had normal CT w/ contrast. Other work up needed?

Pain work up: Well ultrasound is better for evaluating the pelvis. The CT was probably done to rule out appendicitis. Its probably time to have a laparoscopy to evaluate the pain further and look for things like endometriosis, pelvic adhesions, etc. ...Read more

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Bad if ovarian cyst ruptures or is that how it heals? have a painful 3.6 CM diagnosed w/ CT at ER and my gyno did no further tests- said will go away

Its ok: It is not uncommon for women to form cysts- many are functional or normal cysts, part of our normal menstrual cycles. They rupture on their own each month and go away. There are other types of cysts which do not go away on their own. If you are having severe pain, nausea, vomiting or a fever- see your doctor. ...Read more

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Had CT w/o cont of kidneys to check for stones and only ovarian cyst was found.Wld CT such as that also have shown organs such as my colon/intestines?

Had CT w/o cont of kidneys to check for stones and only ovarian cyst was found.Wld CT such as that also have shown organs such as my colon/intestines?

Yes: but unless the radiologist reading the film as asked to turn his/her attention to a specific organ yoy cannot "count on" the test" picking up"everything in your abdominal cavity! What are you concerned about? Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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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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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

A growth (often balloon like) on an ovary. It is often thin walled ...Read more