1. Q: What does a cancer tumor look like on an ultrasound?
A: My impression, from having sneaked looks at my ultrasounds when I had to transport them to the surgeon, is that the tumor area was whitish, looking like a child’s scribble. Dark would have been a better sign as that could have indicated a cyst (fluid-filled).
SP, biopsies confirm cancer when ultrasounds can’t resolve the question. Many suspicious findings can be resolved with ultrasound. They go to biopsy only if the ultrasound doesn’t rule out malignancy.
Isa, dark is a good sign and if the dark area is very round and smooth, that’s a good sign. Try not to worry. You’ll know soon enough … best of luck to you.
2. Q: What Does Ovarian Cancer Look Like on an Ultrasound
A: What does ovarian cancer look like on an ultrasound is not an easy question to answer. There are different ultrasound scoring systems which can predict whether there is a malignancy or not. Ovarian cancer cannot be diagnosed with certainty by ultrasound. What does ovarian cancer look like on an ultrasound can at best identify characteristics that make it more likely to be malignant or benign. There are many benign pelvic conditions that can appear on ultrasound and are mistaken for cancer. These include benign ovarian cysts, hemorrhagic ovarian cysts, endometriosis, dermoid cysts, ovarian fibroids, uterine fibroids,swollen, fluid-filled faloppian tubes, pelvic abscesses and adhesions. If you have a large cyst and are in your menopausal years or you have a cyst that shows signs that it may contain cancer cells, your doctor will recommend that surgery to have it removed and looked at in the pathology lab. If the specialist cannot be sure whether an abnormality on ultrasound is cancer or not they may ask you to have a CT scan or an MRI scan to observe the ovaries more clearly. Sometimes though, it is not possible to diagnose ovarian cancer for certain without an operation. In such cases surgical exploration of the pelvis and a subsequent pathological examination of the specimen will help ascertain the presence of cancer.
3. Q: How can you tell from an ultrasound image if you have kidney stones or caner?
My husband went for an ultrasound scan a month ago and the technician said he had a blocked kidney. It looked dark on the image. She said he had probably had it sometime and that it was “proabably” stones that were causing the blockage. Of course I’m worried it might be cancer (he went becuase he had micoscopic amounts of blood in his urine). He has his follow up in 6 weeks time so maybe that’s a sign that it’s not an urgent problem? He is a cigar smoker (4 a day) and is 60
A: i wouldn’t worry about it. Blood in urine is a very common symptom of kidney stones. The fact that your husband’s Md didn’t want to do a biopsy is a good thing. Just wait it out.