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Does ultrasound tests for ovarian cysts?

Does ultrasound tests for ovarian cysts?

An U/S of anything: Shows size, shape, and consistency of the tissue, or inconsistencies that are fluid filled (cysts) or solid filled or at least not filled with water density...This can be menstrual cycle dependent as well, and ovaries are on both sides, with the tubes are called adnexa. Fluid in the abdomen acan also be seen. None of this provides a diagnosis: need cells or 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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How accurate is a transabdominal ultrasound in assessing an ovarian cyst? Had to stop transvagingal ultrasound, extremely painful

How accurate is a transabdominal ultrasound in assessing an ovarian cyst? Had to stop transvagingal ultrasound, extremely painful

Depends: This depends on a number of factors: the quality of the ultrasound machine; how much your urinary bladder was distended; and particular location of the ovaries in your pelvis. ...Read more

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Would an ultrasound and a transvaginal ultrasound still miss signs of ovarian cancer?

Would an ultrasound and a transvaginal ultrasound still miss signs of ovarian cancer?

Yes: Almost all test and imaging studies have false positive and false negative results. Early ovarian cancer is particularly difficult to detect as the normal ovary often has cystic changes and varies in size during the reproductive period. Having said that, transvaginal ultrasound is a useful and perhaps the best test for detecting ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Which is better for detecting ovarian tumors ultrasound or cat scan, my pelvic ultrasound said solid mass, CT said no mass?

Which is better for detecting ovarian tumors ultrasound or cat scan, my pelvic ultrasound said solid mass, CT said no mass?

Complimentary: Ct ; ultasound are complimentary imaging modalities. For smaller masses in appropriate location ultrasound may have an advantage especially if done transvaginally. For larger masses ct may have the advantage of not being blocked by bowel gas and being less degraded by large body habitus. More specific info in your case would be helpful. Size of mass? How was the sono done? Ct with oral and IV cont. ...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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Transvaginal ultrasound for ovarian cancer what are they looking for?

Transvaginal ultrasound for ovarian cancer what are they looking for?

How the ovaries look: They are looking for how the ovaries look in terms of size and shape generally. ...Read more

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How accurate is a 2d ultrasound at diagnosing gynecological issues like pcos, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, etc...?

How accurate is a 2d ultrasound at diagnosing gynecological issues like pcos, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, etc...?

Depends: Cysts and fibroids are easy to see. Endometriosis is not diagnosed by ultrasound. Pcos is diagnosed by medical history and lab work using an ultrasound as supplemental evidence. ...Read more

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What does ultrasound for an ovarian cyst show ?

See below: The ultrasound can differentiate an ovary with fluid (cyst) vs solid (possible tumor). ...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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Getting a transvaginal ultrasound due to ovarian cyst what to expect? Diagnostic Imaging Center

Getting a transvaginal ultrasound due to ovarian cyst what to expect? Diagnostic Imaging Center

Slight discomfort: Usually you get undressed from the waist down and lay down on a table with stirrups for your heels. A long, skinny, lubricated ultrasound transducer is inserted into the vagina by the technician. Once it is in the tech will move it from place to place, taking pictures of the uterus, ovaries and other pelvic structures. When everything has been seen and recorded, the transducer is removed. ...Read more

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Ovarian cyst after CT scan now going for ultrasound to see what?

Ovarian cyst after CT scan now going for ultrasound to see what?

More information: Ultrasound can better assess if the cyst is simple, has blood products in it, or is a associated with a soft tissue mass. Color doppler on ultrasound further adds information about blood flow around the cyst. You should know the great majority of ovarian cysts are benign but your doctor can better know from the ultrasound if there is anything concerning or if a followup ultrasound would be useful. ...Read more

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How accurate is transvaginal ultrasound in distinguishing between malignant cysts and benign cysts in PCOS? Can they be misinterpreted?

How accurate is transvaginal ultrasound in distinguishing between malignant cysts and benign cysts in PCOS? Can they be misinterpreted?

Misinterpreted, but: TVUS is helpful, but limited in distinguishing benign vs. malignant ovarian cysts. There are US features, coupled with clinical data and blood testing in select cases, that go a long way toward assessing risk. There are research protocols (e.g. MD Anderson) for ovarian cancer screening. The cyst(s) in PCOS would rarely be confused for malignancies, the look and clinical history are different. ...Read more

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Can a transvaginal ultrasound and/or pelvic ultrasound show enlarged lymph nodes around the ovary?

Can a transvaginal ultrasound and/or pelvic ultrasound show enlarged lymph nodes around the ovary?

Yes,: but not reliably. Regional bowel gas can obscure pelvic lymph nodes. Also the position of the ovaries is variable, and they may not be situated next to internal iliac nodal chains. So not seeing enlarged lymph nodes on a pelvic sonogram is not sufficient to exclude them. CT or MRI is much better. ...Read more

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Had ultrasound done to check for ovarian cysts. Have 2 cysts. 2 weeks late for my period. Would this ultrasound have shown a pregnancy?

Had ultrasound done to check for ovarian cysts. Have 2 cysts. 2 weeks late for my period.  Would this ultrasound have shown a pregnancy?

Maybe: Good Ultrasound machines should reveal a pregnancy when done at 6 weeks gestation. However, your periods must be regular and your Last Menstrual Period must be accurate. It is best and safest to rely on pregnancy test first. ...Read more

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Follicular ovarian cyst in right ovary for a year. Is it normal? Had MRI , CT and ultrasound but nothing suspicious.

Follicular ovarian cyst in right ovary for a year. Is it normal? Had MRI , CT and ultrasound but nothing suspicious.

Individual case: In general ovarian cysts are normal findings from time to time. Each case will need to be evaluated by your doctor. The symptoms, size and appearance on sonogram will help determine the plan of care. ...Read more

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A recent scan shows I have ovarian cyst and fibroid tumors. Can one surgical procedure take care of the cyst and fibroid tumors?

A recent scan shows I have ovarian cyst and fibroid tumors. Can one surgical procedure take care of the cyst and fibroid tumors?

Yes: A laparoscopic procedure could likely take care of both procedures, depending on size and location of fibroid, in addition to skill of surgeon. Otherwise, they could also make a cut in the abdomen, like for a cesarean, and remove both as well that way. Again, all of this depends on the size and location of the cyst and fibroid. If the fibroid is in uterine lining, then a hysteroscopy better. ...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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Can a pelvic ultrasound miss an ovarian cyst?

Can a pelvic ultrasound miss an ovarian cyst?

Yes: Any abnormality can be missed by a diagnostic procedure, but and ultrasound missing a significant ovarian cyst is very rare. ...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