The process of taking a CT of an ovary or both overies begins by taking many different X-ray views at various different angles, which are then combined with the use of computer processing to create cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissue inside of your body, including tissues inside of solid organ.
Ordinary X-ray testing does not show clear images of soft tissue, so doctors often request CT scanning to get a good image of soft tissue including organs, muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and the brain. Sometimes a contrast dye is used as it shows up clearer on the screen.
Reasons for an Ovary CT scan:
CT scans are used for a multitude of reasons. They may be done to check for certain cancers in various different ways including to detect abnormal tumors, growths or lumps. They also identify the location of tumors, the stage of cancer, and where to perform a biopsy.
An ovary CT scan can be used to guide doctors or surgeons during a procedure, such as a biopsy. They are important in planning for certain types of therapy and surgery, as well as in the aftermath to determine whether the patient’s body is responding to treatment.
CT scans can be used to detect cysts or infections in the body. They can also identify the bone structures within the body and can accurately measure the density of bone.
A CT scan is often used to quickly inspect a patient after an accident in order to identify traumatic internal injuries.
An Ovary CT scan may help diagnose (find):
CT scans of the ovaries help find large tumors as well as whether or not the tumor is spreading into nearby structures. CT scans of the ovaries do not always show all tumors, especially smaller ovarian tumors.
A CT scan of the ovaries can help diagnose enlarged lymph nodes and signs of cancer.
A CT scan of the ovaries also can show signs that a tumor is affecting a patient’s kidneys or bladder.
ABOVE: Ovaries often are seen in abdominal CT scans.
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