An ultrasound scan uses sound waves to create a picture of the organs in the pelvis and tummy area. A computer converts the sound waves into pictures that you can see on a screen.
You may have ultrasound scans to help diagnose:
If your CA125 levels are raised (35 IU/ml or above), your GP usually arranges an ultrasound scan. If you have not had an ultrasound, your specialist doctor at the hospital will arrange it.
The person doing the scan will gently put a small ultrasound probe into the vagina. The probe is about the size of a tampon. It produces the sound waves. Although this scan sounds uncomfortable, you may find it easier than a pelvic ultrasound, as you do not need to have a full bladder.
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Ledermann, Raja, Fotopoulou et al. Newly diagnosed and relapsed epithelial ovarian carcinoma: ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Annals of Oncology, 2013; Volume 24, Supplement 6. Updated online 2020. Available from www.esmo.org/guidelines (accessed July 2021)
Management of epithelial ovarian cancer. Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN). Nov 2013 revised 2018. Available from www.sign.ac.uk.
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