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What Do Tumors Look Like On An Ultrasound
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
Can a maligant tumor in postauricular lymph node look like a complex sebaceous cyst in ultrasound?
Posssibly: A mass in that area can be solid or echogenic and could be malignant or benign but the ultrasound will not be definitive in some cases. ...Read more
Breast Imaging: Occurs after finding a lump, or on a screening mammogram. The u/s can show if the lump is cystic or solid, with color, vascularity, and estimate charcteristic of benign or malignant. Current u/s is hand held, done by a tech, and reviewed by a radiologist. It can provide size and shape information, and see if there are other lesions. ...Read more
It looks: Like a solid mass different from the surrounding breast tissue. It may be smooth or irregular in contour and may or may not have associated blood flow changes in it. Sometimes calcifications are identified. ...Read more
No clear number: There is no specific size that is required for an ultrasound to be accurate. An ultrasound looks both at the size and shape of a nodule, but also looks at what kind of shadow is cast by the nodule when the ultrasound directs the waves toward the area. Ultrasound can be very helpful to assess lymph nodes as small as 1 cm for women with breast cancer. ...Read more
Good question: A simple cyst is a collection of fluid with no associated abnormal soft tissue growth around or inside it. A tumor, or abnormal growth of tissue, may have cysts associated with it depending on what kind of tumor it is. That is why we have to be very careful when we look at cysts so that we know when something is a simple cyst and when it might be a tumor with cysts in it. I'm generalizing here. ...Read more
How small of a tumor can ultrasound find? I know the technology is getting better all the time, but what's the smallest size tumor modern ultrasound equipment can detect?
Depends on organ: Ultrasound of the thyroid can find 3 mm nodules; but, this level of sensitivity is not quite a good in the liver or breast. It depends on the organ being evaluated. Ovary, liver, pancreas, prostate, thyroid, lung and even esophagus can all be test by ultrasound. ...Read more
Yes: If over 5 - 10 mm, it would show up. ...Read more
Solid or cystic: Ultrasound can tell if a lesion in the kidney is solid or cystic. A simple, uncomplicated cyst is usually nothing to worry about, and therefore no further workup would be needed. However, an ultrasound cannot tell if a solid mass is benign or malignant, so if the lesion is solid, further evaluation would be necessary. ...Read more
Maybe: "fat ball" is the familiar angiomyolipoma. A lipid-laden renal cell carcinoma may mimic it. Ask your physician about the radiologist's level of confidence and whether to obtain tissue for study. ...Read more
Yes: Ultrasound is a very good way to look at the testicle, and would be able to see quite small changes. ...Read more
Ultrasound: A simple cyst is generally a rounded, thin walled structure filled with uncomplicated fluid. It will look like a black circle on US. A neoplasm may be cystic, but may have a thicker or irregular wall, internal solid components or septations, along with fluid. It may be completely solid too. Infrequently there is some overlap of features and it may be difficult to tell the difference. ...Read more
Yes: Ultrasound is a great tool for finding tumors. It is noninvasive, painless, and can be easily repeated. It is excellent for assessing the thyroid gland, lymph node areas, the liver, and the breast, among other areas. ...Read more
What is the probability that a lipoma would be labeled as that in ultrasound when really it's a tumor that needs to be biopsied?
Not likely: An ultrasound is quite accurate in that assessment when combined with physical exam and site of origin. Is lipoma in the breast? ...Read more
Not common: Patients that are overweight may limit the visibility of the ovaries, but in the majority of patients, the ovaries can be identified with transvaginal ultrasound. The ovaries, after menopause, may become too small to identify with certainty. Unfortunately, there is still no satisfactory method for screening for ovarian cancer prior to a patient becoming symptomatic. ...Read more
Abnormal area found in placenta on ultrasound. Dr said maybe clot or tumor. Would an abruption be noticeable also if it was a clot?
Is it true that if a structure is hypoechoic, it consists mostly of air or fluid? So why are pancreatic tumors usually hypoechoic in ultrasounds?
It is not true.: Air completely reflects the US beam so it has no internal echogenicity. Depending on other characteristics, a hypoechoic structure could be a solid mass or fluid filled. Most solid tumors are hypoechoic relative to adjacent tissue. ...Read more
6 months of what?:
Are you referring to 6 months of life? 6 months of treatment? 6 months after surgery? 6 months after diagnosis? How was diagnosis made? What is its size?
Since we can't understand your question from its context, it may be best to use HealthTap Prime to discuss. You can interact with a doctor, live, & upload any pictures / reports that reference the Wilms Tumor. You'll get better answers that way. ...Read more
The reported: Sensitivities for ultrasound in detecting cancer vary, generally 60-80%, so ultrasound can detect breast cancers, but like any test, it is not 100%. A complete workup might include mammography, physical exam, and in some cases MRI. Talk to your doctor about your concerns. If you are talking about a mass that is actually within the chest cavity, not the breast, breast US won't help. ...Read more
Ureter cancer pain is only proclaimed due to obstruction and is like colic pain? An ultrasound can show any tumor in ureter?
Can a soft tissue ultrasound and x ray of the tibia show abnormalities like bone tumor or a cyst?
Yes, to an extent,,,: Both of these exam techniques can be used to look for things like tumors and cysts. The X Ray is very often used for tumors of the bone and lung while the Ultrasound can be used for ovarian and liver lesions. ...Read more
I have been in pain for over half a year and I finally got it checked out and the doctor hasn't answered me for two weeks now. They were asking me about cancer, tumor, and clot history in my family. They did an ultrasound and one of my ovaries looked like
Sounds complicated: Call the doctors office and make a followup appointment. Pain for a 1/2 years deserves a face to face appt with the doctor who can examine you show you the results and review the US. The doctor will come up with a plan of action treatment plan. Good luck ...Read more
Yes: Most of the lesions in the leg are primary sarcomas. There are very few metastatic lesions other than those spreading to groin nodes. Sarcomas grow as masses and can easily be palpated. If the lesion is deep to skin and begins growing, it spreads the overlying tissue over it so that the margins of the growing lesion may not be clear. Here a Doppler should easily identity its true margins. ...Read more
Maybe: It really depends on how focused an exam they do. If they are only interested in the thyroid gland, they might miss something. It is better to do a complete neck exam to avoid this. ...Read more
Since these are quite small.....however it really depends upon the tumor size.....
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Maybe: A pelvic ultrasound can be very helpful to distinguish between a cyst (hollow) or a tumor (solid). Sometimes the findings are equivocal (may look mixed solid-hollow) and further studies have to be done but it's pretty good at telling which is which and very little discomfort involved. ...Read more
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