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What does a normal trans vaginal ultrasound look like?

What does a normal trans vaginal ultrasound look like?

Normal: Looking uterus, normal looking ovaries, no excessive fluid in the pelvis. ...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 trans vaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

How accurate is trans vaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

Apparently, very.: Statistics for this are hard to come by, but this is an essential part, along with physical exam, and blood test (for ca-125), of the initial workup. Patients can be asymptomatic, and physical exam can be negative. An ultrasound is likely to find suspect areas that the other tests can fail to pick up. High ca-125 can be seen in other conditions. Surgery is probably the most specific procedure. ...Read more

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How precise is the pelvic and trans vaginal ultrasound for early detection of ovarian cancer?

How precise is the pelvic and trans vaginal ultrasound for early detection of 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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How accurate is the pelvic and trans vaginal ultrasound for the early detection of ovarian cancer?

How accurate is the pelvic and trans vaginal ultrasound for the early detection of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: It is not accurate at all. There is not a screening test. If a mass is found, there are tests that can help determine whether you should stay with a gyn or be referred to a gyn oncologist for surgery. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Would a trans vaginal ultrasound/pelvic ultrasound detect endometriosis ?

Would a trans vaginal ultrasound/pelvic ultrasound detect endometriosis ?

Give indication: Xr, and anything without direct visualization give an indication as to what is suspected. The symptoms, the exam and the history makes a doctor arrive at a diagnosis as the most likely thing. If in doubt, then direct visualization needed. I hope that gives you reassurance. ...Read more

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Does it hurt to have a trans vaginal ultrasound?

Not usually: If vaginal intercourse is not painful then neither should a trans-vaginal sono. If there is an infection of your tubes or a large ovarian cyst then application of pressure with the probe over the areas of concern may cause some degree of discomfort (what we doctors call pain). ...Read more

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Could a trans-vaginal ultrasound detect endometrial hyperplasia?

Hard to be certain: Ultrasound is never 100%, but several findings are suspicious for endometrial hyperplasia or even cancer. For instance, if your lining is excessively thick for your age or if there is a suspicious mass seen within the uterine cavity on the sonogram, hyperplasia or cancer may be present. However, other findings can cause similar images on sonogram. Also, diagnosis can only be made with a biopsy. ...Read more

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I'm having a trans vaginal ultrasound. How long is the probe in my vagina?

I'm having a trans vaginal  ultrasound. How long is the probe in my vagina?

Sonogram: The vaginal probe is placed only as long as needed to visualize the pelvic organs or pregnancy. Usually, a transvaginal ultrasound is no more than 10 minutes but can be shorter or longer. ...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