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

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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. Stephen Sudler
Pelvic ultrasound in considered to be the standard imaging modality for female pelvic structures. Despite improvements in CT scanning technology, it is still an inferior test for this purpose.
Dr. Brian Flyer
Internal Medicine

In brief: Ovarian cyst

An ultrasound is usually sufficient to see this as a rule, the more obese one is, the less accurate an ultrasound becomes, whereas a ct scan will be a better test in that case.

In brief: Ovarian cyst

An ultrasound is usually sufficient to see this as a rule, the more obese one is, the less accurate an ultrasound becomes, whereas a ct scan will be a better test in that case.
Dr. Brian Flyer
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