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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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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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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How common is it to have a CT scan with contrast and not find an appendix?

How common is it to have a CT scan with contrast and not find an appendix?

Uncommon: People that have appendicitis are more frequently having CT scans to dx this problem. It is not common to not find an appendix especially if there is one present. There are people that are born without appendix but is rare. ...Read more

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How does an ovarian cyst look in a transvaginal ultrasound?

How does an ovarian cyst look in a transvaginal ultrasound?

Cysts,: When simple, are internally dark on ultrasound as the fluid reflects few of the sound waves. In essence, a smooth, round, black or dark, structure in the ovary is seen. Also, no internal blood flow on doppler. ...Read more

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What things can be found with an abdominal/pelvic CT scan of a woman?

What things can be found with an abdominal/pelvic CT scan of a woman?

A variety: of anatomic, inflammatory, neoplastic, metabolic, functional abnormalities. The question is to broad to adequately answer. Do you have a specific symptom or concern? ...Read more

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Can an adrenal tumour be seen on ct or mri? Which is better?

Can an adrenal tumour be seen on ct or mri? Which is better?

MRI is better: An adrenal tumor may be seen on both MRI and CT scan but an MRI is better to visualize soft tissues like the adrenal. ...Read more

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How can you tell if an ovarian tumour is benign without surgery, will a mri be able to confirm if it benign ?

How can you tell if an ovarian tumour is benign without surgery, will a mri be able to confirm if it benign ?

Pathology: The Gold standard for benign vs. malignant is by microscopic examination by a pathologist. The lesion needs to be removed and submitted to a pathologist for examination. Wish you good health. ...Read more

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I just had an ultrasound that detected a 6 CM ovarian cyst with nodule, will this need to be removed?

I just had an ultrasound that detected a 6 CM ovarian cyst with nodule, will this need to be removed?

Yes.: The fact that the cyst contains a solid nodule makes it more likely to be a tumor (either benign, or hopefully not-malignant), and make it important to have surgery to remove it. There are some lab tests that your doctor can order that can help to stratify it as higher or lower risk to be a cancer, but it should be removed. ...Read more

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What can you expect in an ultrasound for ovarian cysts?

What can you expect in an ultrasound for ovarian cysts?

Answers: When an a woman presents with pelvic pain or a pelvic mass, the doctor may suspect an ovarian cyst. Usually a pelvic ultrasound will be ordered. At the time of the ultrasound, warm gel is placed on the lower abdomen while the tech observes the screen. Vaginal ultrasound is often done too for a better view of the ovaries. ...Read more

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How can you test the difference between an ovarian cyst and tumor?

How can you test the difference between an ovarian cyst and tumor?

Imaging & Biopsy: There are several ways in which a physician may determine the difference between a benign ovarian cyst and a tumor (neoplasm). Blood tests for some tumor markers may be helpful. In addiiton, ultrasound studies of the ovary may be helpful. Following these tests over time may be especially helpful. If needed, a tissue or cell biopsy may be necessary to exactly classify the process. ...Read more

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How do symptoms differ between an ovarian cyst and a fibroid tumor?

How do symptoms differ between an ovarian cyst and a fibroid tumor?

Depends : Ovarian cysts are often asymptomatic and found incidentally by exam or sonogram. The same goes for fibroids. If a cyst is going to cause symptoms, it will usually be pain, not necessarily with the period. May also occur with intercourse. Fibroids most often cause heavy menstrual bleeding, and sometimes also painful periods. If large enough, they may cause bladder pressure, or constipation. ...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.

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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Can a baby be mistaken for an ovarian cyst?

Can a baby be mistaken for an ovarian cyst?

Wrong location: Babies develop in the uterus, a midline structure, while ovarian cysts develop in an ovary, paired structures on opposite sides of the pelvis near the hips. ...Read more

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What can MRI w/contrast tell you about a 1cm complex kidney cyst that an ultrasound can't? Is it worth the risk for child who would need sedation?

What can MRI w/contrast tell you about a 1cm complex kidney cyst that an ultrasound can't? Is it worth the risk for child who would need sedation?

Much more: The MRI provides much more detail to help the nephrologist determine the correct diagnosis and then appropriate treatment plan (or lack of need for treatment due to benign). Yes, it is worth the risk of sedation. I would preface that statement with i would prefer the sedation in a childrens hospital. ...Read more

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Can you see ovarian cysts on an xray?

Can you see ovarian cysts on an xray?

No: On a plain xray, definitely not. On ct, mri, or us, yes. Ultrasound is best for characterizing ovarian cysts. ...Read more

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What can doctors do for an ovarian cyst? It is 2 centimeters

What can doctors do for an ovarian cyst? It is 2 centimeters

Ovarian cyst: The best person to ask is the physician (p) who ordered the ultrasound that found the cyst. The p knows the patient the best and can give a meaningful answer to your question. ...Read more

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What can I do for a large ovarian cyst and an enlarged uterus?

What can I do for a large ovarian cyst and an enlarged uterus?

Depends: If the large ovarian cyst is physiologic or functional, it will resolve spontaneously over time. If it is not physiologic, it may need to be removed depending on the size and symptoms. Enlarged uterus may be due to a number of causes. Unless it causes symptoms nothing needs to be done. ...Read more

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


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

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