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Hello doctors, what does ovarian cancer look like on ultrasounds?

Hello doctors, what does ovarian cancer look like on ultrasounds?

Mass or cystic mass: Ultrasound, done though the abdominal wall and transvaginally is used to examine the size shape and other characteristics of ovaries. Cancer may present as a mass in the ovary or a cyst or a combination of the two. Definitive diagnosis requires examination of suspect tissue by a pathologist. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovarian-cancer/ds00293. ...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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What do cysts and fibroids look like on an ultrasound?

What do cysts and fibroids look like on an ultrasound?

See below: At ultrasound cysts are typically black with a thin wall near the transducer and bright echoes away from the transducer. Fibroids almost always have internal echoes, though they may be either brighter or darker than the surrounding normal uterine tissue. ...Read more

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What does a mass look like on a transvaginal ultrasound?

What does a mass look like on a transvaginal ultrasound?

Depends: Mass can mean solid, fluid filled (cystic) or something in between. Cysts look black. Solids are various shades of grey. Shapes are variable. ...Read more

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What does liver cancer look like on a ultrasound?

What does liver cancer look like on a ultrasound?

Increased densities: Liver cancer can look like single or multiple nodules of increased density on the ultrasound. However, ultrasound is not the best, nor is it the final test in the diagnosis of liver cancer. A ct scan with and without contrast or an MRI scan give better visualization. By ultrasound, it is sometimes difficult to differentiate a hemangioma (a benign lesion) from a liver cancer. ...Read more

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What do uterine fibroids or cysts/ovarian cysts typically look like on an MRI?

What do uterine fibroids or cysts/ovarian cysts typically look like on an MRI?

MRI findings: Uterine fibroids can appear as dense masses on MRI, or increase in density in the layers of the uterine muscle. Ovarian cysts are often fluid filled but also can be solid masses on MRI. I would ask your health care provider or the radiologist to interpret these findings rather than trying to identify these conditions yourself as there appearance on scans are not always the same. ...Read more

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Can a ruptured cyst look like hydrosalpinx on ultrasound?

Can a ruptured cyst look like hydrosalpinx on ultrasound?

Not likely!: But not impossible. A knowledgeable sonographer or physician should tell the difference 90% of the time. ...Read more

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What does a 5.3 cyst on your ovary look like?

What does a 5.3 cyst on your ovary look like?

Large blister: Most ovarian cysts are benign and physiologic (meaning part of natural processes and not 'disease' related). A 5.3 cm cyst would be just over 2 inches in greatest size. A common appearance for an ovarian cyst is a thin wall filled with fluid (somewhat simlar to a blister on a toe or heel). Some ovarian cysts can be related to neoplasia / tumor / malignancy. These often have solid coponents. ...Read more

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Chest epidermoid cysts doesn't show on ultrasound. What does this mean?

Chest epidermoid cysts doesn't show on ultrasound. What does this mean?

Unclear: Are you referring to a child or adult? Most adult chest masses are poorly evaluated with ultrasound. ...Read more

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What does nabothian cysts mean on abdominal ultrasound?

What does nabothian cysts mean on abdominal ultrasound?

No worries: Nabothian cysts are benign cysts associated with the cervix and are often incidentally noted. They are filled with cervical mucus. Unless large, they usually are incidentally noted and require no treatment. ...Read more

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What does a normal uterus look like on a transabdominal ultrasound?

What does a normal uterus look like on a transabdominal ultrasound?

Look here: Look here at transvaginal us image of the uterus: http://www.Conciergeradiologist.Com/ultrasound-images.Html. The uterus is generally harder to visualize in its complete extent on transabdominal images, but this is a close approximation of what is seen in transabdominal ultrasound (transvaginal is the better of the two). ...Read more

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What does cancer look like on an mri?

What does cancer look like on an mri?

It depends: Cancer can look different depending on what part of the body that it occurs. ...Read more

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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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Does an ultrasound clearly differentiate between ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer. Does ovary/period pain after eating sound like large cyst. ?

Does an ultrasound clearly differentiate between ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer. Does ovary/period pain after eating sound like large cyst. ?

Ultrasound: An ultrasound may show whether the ovary is fluid filled or solid, or simple or complex. Ovarian cancer is usually complex and solid, but not always. A repeat ultrasound is often recommended. A CA 125 blood test may help differentiate the two... Refer to: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ovarian-cancer/expert-answers/ca-125/faq-20058528 ...Read more

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What does breast cancer look like on an xray?

What does breast cancer look like on an xray?

Variable appearance: On a mammogram cancer can look like a white irregular density or can appear as small specks of calcium (microcalcifications) clumped in a particular pattern. Sometimes cancers show both features. It is important to remember that not all densities or microcalcifications seen on mammography are cancer. Only a biopsy can confirm that cancer is present. ...Read more

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My doctor saw gray shading inside the 5cm ovarian cyst on my ultrasound.. What does this mean? Could it mean it's cancerous??

Ask your doctor: It is impossible to get a reliable opinion on what a finding on a CT scan means from physicians who have not seen the scan. Speculation just leads to undue worry. Talk to your doctor! They have seen the scan... ask them the questions you have, openly, until you understand what they are thinking about the CT finding. Take care. ...Read more

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Thyroid ultrasound question: what do cancer's look like on ultrasound?

Thyroid ultrasound question:  what do cancer's look like on ultrasound?

Darker than normal: Ultrasound shows differences in density of thyroid nodules. They many times seem darkerthan normal thyoid tissue. Sometimes you can see increased amount of small blood vessels. Sometimes you can see small specks of calcium. ...Read more

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What does a cancerous cyst look like?

What does a cancerous cyst look like?

See below: This depends on the organ the cyst is in. I am assuming you're referring to ovarian cysts. If so they are more likely to be complex, with septations & nodules or solid component besides just the fluid component. This is similar to most other organs. Thyroid cysts, however are common and tend to bleed frequently, thus even if looking complex still more likely benign. Biopsy may be needed. ...Read more

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What do cancer spots on the kidney look like on an mri?

What do cancer spots on the kidney look like on an mri?

Tumor: I'm not familiar with the term "cancer spots". Typically, renal or kidney cancer shows up as a mass that enhances or brightens up after giving contrast. ...Read more

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What do benign cysts look like on a breast ultrasound, opposed to a cancerous lump?

What do benign cysts look like on a breast ultrasound, opposed to a cancerous lump?

Dark circle: Benign cysts appear as dark black spheres, a cancerous lump would be bright white and solid. ...Read more

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What does right ovary sag mean on an ultrasound?

What does right ovary sag mean on an ultrasound?

"Sag" is: an abbreviation for sagittal, which is simply an anatomic plane synonymous with longitudinal. ...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


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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

A growth (often balloon like) on an ovary. It is often thin walled ...Read more