NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Ovarian Cancer, Version 1.2017
Testing for ovarian cancer
CT scan machine
A CT machine is large and has a
tunnel in the middle. During the
test, you will lie on a table that
moves slowly through the tunnel.
A CT scan uses x-rays to take pictures of the inside
of the body. It takes many x-rays of the same body
part from different angles. All the x-ray pictures are
combined to make one detailed picture of the body
A CT scan of your chest, abdomen, and/or pelvis
may be given along with other initial tests to look for
ovarian cancer. This type of scan is good at showing
if the cancer has spread outside of the ovaries. But, it
is not good at showing small tumors. A CT scan may
also show if nearby lymph nodes are bigger than
normal, which can be a sign of cancer spread.
Before the CT scan, you may be given a contrast dye
to make the pictures clearer. The dye may be put in a
glass of water for you to drink, injected into your vein,
or both. It may cause you to feel flushed or get hives.
Rarely, serious allergic reactions occur. Tell your
doctors if you have had bad reactions in the past.
A CT scan machine is large and has a tunnel in the
See Figure 6.
During the scan, you will
need to lie face up on a table that moves through the
tunnel. The scanner will rotate an x-ray beam around
you to take pictures from many angles. You may hear
buzzing, clicking, or whirring sounds during this time.