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How do doctors diagnose ovarian cysts and tumors?
The obstetrician/gynecologist or your regular Doctor may feel a lump while doing a routine pelvic exam. Most Ovarian growths are benign. But a small number can be cancerous. That’s why it’s important to have any growths checked. Postmenopausal women in particular should get examined. That’s because they face a higher risk of ovarian cancer.
Tests that look for Ovarian Cysts or tumors include:
- Ultrasound. This test uses sound waves to create an image of the ovaries. The image helps the doctor determine the size and location of the cyst or tumor.
- Other imaging tests. Computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging(MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET) are highly detailed imaging scans. The doctor can use them to find ovarian tumors and see whether and how far they have spread.
- Hormone levels. The doctor may take a blood test to check levels…
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