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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

:

Ovarian Cancer, Version 1.2017

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Testing for ovarian cancer

Imaging tests

Figure 5

Ultrasound

An ultrasound uses sound waves to make pictures of the inside of the body. An ultrasound

probe sends out the sound waves. For a transabdominal ultrasound, the probe will be placed

on the skin of your belly. For a transvaginal ultrasound, it will be inserted into your vagina.

For a transabdominal ultrasound

, a gel will be

spread on the area of skin near your ovaries. This

includes your belly (abdomen) and the area between

your hip bones (pelvis). The gel helps to make the

pictures clearer. Your doctor will place the probe on

your skin and guide it back and forth in the gel.

For a transvaginal ultrasound,

your doctor will

insert the probe into your vagina. This may help the

doctor see your ovaries more clearly. Ultrasounds

are generally painless.

But, you may feel a little discomfort when the probe is

inserted for a transvaginal ultrasound. An ultrasound

can take between 20 and 60 minutes to complete.

More or less time may be needed depending on the

area of your body being looked at.

An ultrasound uses sound waves to make pictures of

the inside of the body. An ultrasound probe sends out

the sound waves. For a transabdominal ultrasound,

the probe will be placed on the skin of your belly. For

a transvaginal ultrasound, it will be inserted into your

vagina.

Ultrasound picture

Transabdominal ultrasound

Ultrasound probe

Sound waves

Ultrasound picture

Transvaginal ultrasound

Ultrasound probe

Sound waves

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