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Would an ovarian cyst show up on a CT or do you need to have an ultrasound?

Would an ovarian cyst show up on a CT or do you need to have an ultrasound?

It would show up if: An ovarian cyst would show up on a ct scan as long as you had a scan of your abdomen and pelvis, and the cyst was large. Very small cysts would not be obvious on ct. Ultrasound is generally considered a better imaging modality for ovarian cysts, because it exposes the patient to less radiation and is a cheaper test. ...Read more

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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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Which is more useful in determining wether an ovarian cyst is cancerous CT scan or ultrasound?

Which is more useful in determining wether an ovarian cyst is cancerous CT scan or ultrasound?

CT always better: CT is always better than ultrasound but for screening purposes the ultrasound causes no radiation effect. If multiple CTs were performed over time the RT could be significant. The ultrasound can tell whether a lesion is solid or cystic and whether the latter is simple or complex. The CT can show detail not seen on ultraound. ...Read more

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Is it possible to miss an ovarian cyst on a transvaginal ultrasound and find it on a CT scan?

Is it possible to miss an ovarian cyst on a transvaginal ultrasound and find it on a CT scan?

Possibly: No test is 100% perfect and anything can be missed on any diagnostic test especially if it is small. In general ultrasound is best for imaging the female reproductive organs and is much less expenxive than a ct or mri. ...Read more

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Would an ovarian cyst show up on a pelvic CT scan?

See answer: While ct can certainly identify an ovarian cyst, usually endovaginal us is better suited for this purpose. ...Read more

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Will an ovarian cyst always show up on a CT scan?

See answer: Ultrasound or possibly MRI usually are used for evaluating specific ovarian pathology although ct can identify lesions of the ovary. ...Read more

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What does ultrasound for an ovarian cyst show ?

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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Do all ovarian cysts show up on ultrasound?

Depends: Ultrasound is very sensitive to proper preparation for the test...A full bladder and no gas is important to see the ovaries adequately. If the ovaries are well seen then cysts on/in the ovaries are well seen...Need to know how well the technician felt they saw things during the test. ...Read more

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Lower right quadrant pain for years. Comes and goes. Have had ovarian cysts show up before. Have had normal CT w/ contrast. Other work up needed?

Pain work up: Well ultrasound is better for evaluating the pelvis. The CT was probably done to rule out appendicitis. Its probably time to have a laparoscopy to evaluate the pain further and look for things like endometriosis, pelvic adhesions, etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an ovarian cyst and it not show up on ultrasound?

Is it possible to have an ovarian cyst and it not show up on ultrasound?

Cysts are of varying: It depends on the size of the ovarian cyst. If the cyst is small(<2-3cm) , it may not show up. But anything large enough would show up on an ultrasound, provided the procedure is done by an experienced operator and the cyst is of significant size(>3-4cm). ...Read more

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My daughter has a history of ovarian cysts. Recent ultrasound shows no cyst just lots of fluid around ovary and adhesion in ovary.What does this mean?

My daughter has a history of ovarian cysts. Recent ultrasound shows no cyst just lots of fluid around ovary and adhesion in ovary.What does this mean?

Ovarian cysts.: If an ovarian cyst ruptures, it coul cause some fluid. It is not possible to see adhesions on ultrasound, generally, so I am not sure about that. ...Read more

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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...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