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Diagnosing an ovarian cyst
Ultrasonography – is an imaging test that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an image of your internal organs. Ultrasound tests help determine the size, location, shape, and composition (solid or fluid filled) of a cyst.
Imaging tools used to diagnose ovarian cysts include:
- CT scan: A body imaging device used to create cross-sectional images of internal organs
- MRI: A test that uses magnetic fields to produce in-depth images of internal organs
- Ultrasound device: An imaging device used to visualize the ovary
Because the majority of cysts disappear after a few weeks or months, your doctor may not immediately recommend a treatment plan. They may repeat the ultrasound test in a few weeks or months to check your condition.
If there aren’t any changes in your condition or if the cyst increases in size, your doctor will request additional tests to determine other causes of your symptoms.These include:
- Pregnancy test: To make sure you’re not pregnant
- Hormone level test: To check for hormone-related issues, such as too much estrogen or progesterone
- CA-125 blood test: to screen for ovarian cancer
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