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Would a standard pregnancy ultrasound detect ovarian cancer?

Would a standard pregnancy ultrasound detect ovarian cancer?

Yes,: the ovaries are well visualized in early pregnancy, and any abnormalities would be documented. Later in pregnancy, the ovaries are more difficult to visualize and evaluate . ...Read more

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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 ultrasounds miss breast cancer?

Can ultrasounds miss breast cancer?

Yes: U/s is not a great screening test but an extension of the physical exam. It is very dependent upon the person (breast surg vs radiology tech?) doing the u/s, where they place the probe, how fast they move the probe, how much attention they pay to the screen, etc. U/s performed by a skilled breast surgeon can be very helpful and also used to guide sampling for definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can ultrasound test reveal stomach cancer?

Can ultrasound test reveal stomach cancer?

Endoscopic : Endoscopic ultrasound can be used to diagnose cancer and get biopsies. Regular ultrasound is not so useful in this case. ...Read more

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Mammogram, ct, MRI and ultrasound tests for breast cancer - what is best?

Mammogram, ct, MRI and ultrasound tests for breast cancer - what is best?

Situational: For screening: mammograms are the most valuable. For diagnosis (palpable mass, mammographic density): ultrasound can be very helpful. Mris are the most sensitive test for breast cancer, but their prohibitive cost makes this unaffordable for large-population screening. It is best used in high-risk patients, those with very dense breast tissue, and for evaluating the extent of a known breast cancer. ...Read more

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Can a transvaginal ultrasound detect cervical cancer?

Can a transvaginal ultrasound detect cervical cancer?

speculum and : Direct visual appraisalpap smear and cytology are the usually means diagnosto detect cervix cancer. Trans vaginal ultrasound appraises intrauterine an and paria:metrial uterine content...Staging not diagnosis. ...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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Is mammogram or ultrasound best for early breast cancer detection?

Mammogram: Mammograms are generally better at screening for breast cancer. Ultrasound is used more for a focus evaluation of an area of the breast that might be suspicious or appear abnormal. ...Read more

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Can ultrasound detect colon cancer?

Can ultrasound detect colon cancer?

Rarely: Sometimes ultrasound will see a colon mass but this is uncommon. Spread of colon cancer to the lymph nodes or liver would be more common to see than the tumor itself. ...Read more

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Could heart MRI detect breast cancer?

Could heart MRI detect breast cancer?

It is: possible, but a cardiac MR is not optimized for breast evaluation, so breast cancer detection on cardiac MR is likely to be accidental and imprecise. It cannot substitute for the standard breast imaging techniques such as mammography, sonography, and breast MR. ...Read more

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Can mammograms detect breast cancers?

Can mammograms detect breast cancers?

Yes most of the time: Accuracy of mammography in varies serious positive for ca any where from 78% to 90 % but over all not 100% as in biopsy. For the diagnosis other parameters are involved like specific findindings, besides age , family history, physical findings , genetic diseases , personal habits , medications etc regular breast examination , awareness is also essential for early diagnosis and cure. ...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 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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Mammo shows Heterogeneously dense which may obsure sm masses Birads 2 breasts no suspicious masses dr wanting ultrasound report said annual mammo ?

Mammo shows Heterogeneously dense which may obsure sm masses Birads 2 breasts no suspicious masses dr wanting ultrasound report said annual mammo ?

Need sono: Mammo with heterogeneous dense mass needs evaluation as to whether a lesion is hiding in area of density. This can be accomplished by sono or MRI but resolution of density required. The sono can detect a specific region that could be suspicious and require bx. ...Read more

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How accurate are transabdominal ultrasounds in diagnosing ovarian cancers?

How accurate are transabdominal ultrasounds in diagnosing ovarian cancers?

No known stats.: First, this is not the ultrasound usually done today, transvaginal is. This is done with a manual pelvic exam and ca-125 levels. Second, there has not been a prominent study that I have seen that determines the accuracy of diagnosis by this test. The most accurate way is probably surgery, where specimens can be taken and examined under a microscope to see if it is cancer. ...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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Would my annual bloodwork show breast cancer?

Not yet but coming..: Currently, the standard is physical examinations and mammograms annually. However, several companies are developing a blood test for breast cancer. This has the potential to detect tumor-associated antibodies and serum proteins that correlate with cancer cells in the breast prior to being detectable on routine imaging. This may be especially helpful in women with dense breasts. Stay tuned ...Read more

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What blood test detect testicular cancer?

What blood test detect testicular cancer?

Usually an adept: Hand examining the scrotum is the beginning, but you are likely referring to Alpha -feto-protein (embryonal and yolk sac tumors) and HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) choriocarcinoma, germinoma, and teratoma. Seminoma may not produce either, and never afp. These occur in all ages, but especially young men teens and twenties. ...Read more

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Aren't transvaginal ultrasounds good for checking ovarian cancer?

Aren't transvaginal ultrasounds good for checking ovarian cancer?

Limited: Ultrasound, 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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Is transvaginal ultrasound accurate in detecting early pregnancy?

Is transvaginal ultrasound accurate in detecting early pregnancy?

Yes: At 5-6 weeks a gestational sac and pregnancy reaction can be seen. At about 7 weeks a tiny fetal pole and heartbeat can be seen. At less than 5 weeks, nothing may be seen so would need to check blood and urine results before planning for sono. ...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


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mammogram (Definition)

A mammogram is the "gold standard" screening test for breast cancer. It's well established that yearly 'grams will DX cancers well before they are palpable, leading to earlier diagnoses and saved lives. All experts agree to begin yearly mammograms by age 50; many (including myself) believe the pro's outweigh the con's to begin at 40. Regrettably, less than half of all women ...Read more