Yes, to an extent,,,:Both of these exam techniques can be used to look for things like tumors and cysts. The Ray is very often used for tumors of the bone and lung while ... Read More.
Maybe, :but if you're having chest pain, cancer is not high on the list of potential causes. From the WebMD Archives April 8, 2005 -- When the news that Peter Jennings had lung cancer hit earlier this week, many WebMD users asked why doctors don't use chest X -rays to diagnose lung cancer at an early stage, when it's more treatable.
WebMD turned to cancer expert Harold Burstein, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, for the answer. The vast majority of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking, ” Burstein tells WebMD.
“If you start getting lots of screening chest X -rays, you end up performing other testing on many patients, which are often unnecessary.” The hope was that these CT scans would be able to find smaller, earlier cancers without leading to further unnecessary tests.
“A variety of recent studies in the U.S. and Japan have suggested that high-resolution CT scans can often detect lung cancers. However, he explains that these were small, early studies that were not able to answer the questions of whether CT scans can actually save lives.
The report by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the U.S. Preventive Health Services Task Force says evidence that chest X -rays, CT scans, and other forms of screening can save lives is poor. Only because I have miserable IBS / bowel problems that so far the hospital hasn't been able to diagnose.
I have another colorectal consultant apt this week, so I'm going to mention it just in case. But they caught my tumor before it spread (was a stage 4,which is the worst), removed it & I have to take my last lot of chemo tablets tomorrow morning.
If you want to talk before or after the appointment I am happy to share my experiences. That's why they do MRI, CT, pet scans, ultrasound, etc.
I did have a hysterectomy 3 yrs ago (lots of bad smear tests, and they couldn't cut any more of my cervix out) and they checked my ovaries at the time and said they were ok. Reeny I don't think they do think it's my ovaries as I'm currently plodding through all the colorectal tests, but they might all be looking in the wrong place.
I was bashed by a car (slowly) a few years ago, and it felt a bit odd recently so had it checked out. The consultant apt is just a routine one, I go every few weeks after the latest test / round of random medication to see if it helps.
An ultrasound uses sound waves to create pictures of organs and tissues inside the body and has been used for many conditions, including abdominal disorders, suspicious lumps, and other disease in the body. The technician places a sound wand onto the area in question.
The sound waves send a picture to a monitor and several snapshots are taken. A radiologist then reads the images and can get a good first impression of abnormalities.
This article explains the role of ultrasound in detection of cancer and how the test works. It can detect abnormal tissues, growths, and cysts and give a suspicion of cancer based on how those images look.
If a cyst or lump is discovered on your mammogram, an ultrasound is the next step and can detect possible cancerous changes. Ultrasound is very useful in both the detection of breast cancer and diagnosis because the doctor can do a “fine needle guided biopsy” to aspirate some tissue.
Cysts on the ovaries are actually quite a common occurrence among women. This is done if there are complaints of pelvic pain, unusual bloating, irregular periods, and pregnancy symptoms without being pregnant.
Ovarian cancer often does not have any symptoms and can spread quickly if not detected early. Ultrasound can be used to detect abnormal cysts and whether they are hard or fluid filled.
In cases of pancreatitis and severe upper abdominal pain, an ultrasound can detect the presence of cysts or pseudocysts on the pancreas. Ultrasound is a commonly first line test to evaluate abnormalities in the pancreas.
When these occur, doctors often choose to watch them closely for changes that could turn into thyroid cancer in some cases. An ultrasound can also detect cancerous changes by looking at the blood flow through them.
If something is found, the doctor can refer you for other testing that can diagnose cancer or other conditions that occur in the kidneys. Prep In case of an abdominal ultrasound, you may be advised not to eat solid foods for a certain time prior to the test.
With a pelvic ultrasound, you may have to drink 32 ounces of water just before the test, so your bladder will be full. Depending on the location of the test, you may need to change into a gown.
This helps transmit the sound waves to the area being looked at. After the test is finished, they will wipe the gel off your skin, and you can get dressed.
If something abnormal is found, they may have you wait and check with the radiologist to see if more pictures are needed. Your doctor will give you the results at a later date after all the pictures have been evaluated.
If an ultrasound detects abnormalities that look like cancer changes in tissues, more tests will be needed to confirm the diagnosis. When you get a regular photograph, what you see is an image of how the light rays bounced off the subject and back to the lens of the camera, where it could enter to make an image on the digital sensor (or film, if you're old school).
Sometimes doctors can see a tumor around the defect in the bone that might extend into nearby tissues (such as muscle or fat). Of course a CT scan of the chest can find smaller lung tumors.
Testicular, thyroid, liver, pancreas, kidney and ovarian tumors can be imaged by ultrasound. Doctors can use ultrasound results to diagnose a wide range of conditions.
Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to create images of certain types of tissue. During an ultrasound, the technologist applies a gel to the skin near the affected area.
An ultrasound machine creates an image based on the bounced waves. Medical professionals request ultrasound tests for conditions related to abdominal issues, obstetrics, urology, circulation, the musculoskeletal system and more.
Reproductive organs Muscles, joints and tendons Bladder Thyroid Gallbladder Spleen Heart and blood vessels Pancreas An ultrasound can help with the diagnosis of multiple conditions related to your tissues or organs.
Infections: Certain types of ultrasounds can capture a patient’s blood flow. It shows cysts differently from tumors to help your doctor make a diagnosis.
Some research explores the potential for finding ulcers with an ultrasound, but experts do not have enough data to recommend it.