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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can an ultrasound detect cervical cancer?

    I noticed some abnormal vaginal bleeding and the doctor told me to get an ultrasound for further testing. I'm very anxious… is it possible that I could test for cervical cancer?
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    Prof Jonathan Carter

    Gynaecological Oncologist

    Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The University of Sydney Head Sydney Gynaecologic Oncology Group, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Head Gynaecology Services, Sydney South West … View Profile

    Ultrasound is generally not used in the diagnosis, nor the management of patients with cervical cancer. Common investigations for patients would include a pap test, an HPV test may be performed, certainly colposcopy with appropriate biopsy. If imaging is undertaken for patients with suspected or confirmed cancer then a CDT scan is the most common imaging modality performed. Occasionally, or less commonly, an MRI or CAT scan. Ultrasounds are very good for looking at the uterus and ovaries and ectopic masses, but it is not very good at imaging the cervix.

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