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How does a breast tumor look like in ultrasound?

How does a breast tumor look like in ultrasound?

Solid: Breast nodule with irregular edges can be a sign of concern. Benign cysts are fluid filled with well circumscribed edges. Benign fibrocystic nodules are solid with smooth edges.

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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 a maligant tumor in postauricular lymph node look like a complex sebaceous cyst in ultrasound?

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.

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When getting a breast sonogram what does a tumor look like?

When getting a breast sonogram what does a tumor look like?

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.

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Need expert opinion on when getting a breast sonogram what does a tumor look like on the screen?

Need expert opinion on when getting a breast sonogram what does a tumor look like on the screen?

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.

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What is the smallest tumor ultrasound can detect?

What is the smallest tumor ultrasound can detect?

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.

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What are cyst and tumor on ultrasound?

What are cyst and tumor on ultrasound?

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.

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What type of tumors or other health problems can you detect with an ultrasound machine?

What type of tumors or other health problems can you detect with an ultrasound machine?

It helps to image tu: Ultrasound is a good test to screen for tumors and cysts in the internal organs. It is one of the several imaging technologies which can be a good screen to start with.

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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.

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Can an ultrasound tell if spot in kidney is a tumor?

Can an ultrasound tell if spot in kidney is a tumor?

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.

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Can ultrasound differentiate fat ball and tumor in kidney?

Can ultrasound differentiate fat ball and tumor in kidney?

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.

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Testicular ultrasound results can tell you if you have even a small tumor?

Testicular ultrasound results can tell you if you have even a small tumor?

Yes: Ultrasound is a very good way to look at the testicle, and would be able to see quite small changes.

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Doctors, what is the difference between a cyst and tumor on an ultrasound?

Doctors, what is the difference between a cyst and tumor on an ultrasound?

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.

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Can an ultrasound really find cancer? Can today's ultrasound tests really locate tumors?

Can an ultrasound really find cancer? Can today's ultrasound tests really locate tumors?

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.

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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?

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?

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Can normal ultrasound of organ means that there is no tumor in abdomen?

Can normal ultrasound of organ means that there is no tumor in abdomen?

No: Ultrasound has limitations with regard to exclusion of abdominal malignancies because of the presence of bowel gas and the skill of the person performing the study. When the suspicion for malignancy is sufficient, ct or MRI is a better examination.

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What's the probability of a trans vaginal ultrasound missing a tumor on your ovary?

What's the probability of a trans vaginal ultrasound missing a tumor on your ovary?

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.

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Abnormal area found in placenta on ultrasound. Dr said maybe clot or tumor. Would an abruption be noticeable also if it was a clot?

Abnormal area found in placenta on ultrasound. Dr said maybe clot or tumor. Would an abruption be noticeable also if it was a clot?

Talk to your OB MD: This is a test result that should have been given to you with a detailed explanation of its; consequences to allay your anxiety. So, the person with the best & most accurate answers is your OB MD.

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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?

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.

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