As already noted, the analysis is a necessary condition in the diagnosis of the disease. However, a blood test is the initial step in the diagnosis of the disease, since its results signal only the presence of infection in the body. In the world practice, other methods, for example, ultrasound( ultrasound), are used to determine the exact cause of abnormalities in the analyzes. Can I see stomach cancer on ultrasound? The answer to the question can be found in this article.
Can stomach cancer be seen on ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a safe way for people to obtain information. The method is based on the piezoelectric effect, which allows the visual mapping of these organs by processing an ultrasonic signal obtained as a result of reflection from the internal organs of a person. Despite the fact that diagnosing gastric cancer as a result of this diagnosis is quite problematic, nevertheless, this method is an important element in the stage of preliminary diagnosis of the disease.
Will ultrasound show stomach cancer in the early stages of the disease? Given the experience of previous observations, the answer to this question will be negative, but it is due to the fact that at this stage of the disease, changes in the stomach are barely noticeable, and it is very difficult to determine them.
Is the cancer of the stomach visible on ultrasound in the late stages? Of course, since in this case the changes in the body are already quite extensive. To understand the general picture of these changes, ultrasound of the abdominal cavity is usually prescribed. This is due to the fact that in case of neglect of the disease, such a study will allow to judge the presence of metastases and their size.
In addition to detecting metastases, ultrasound can be used to examine the affected organ in detail. In practice, to determine the cancer of the stomach by this method, two procedures are performed: on an empty stomach and after filling the stomach with liquid( immediately before the procedure the patient drinks 300-500 grams of boiled water or water without gas).During this procedure, the patient changes his position on the couch, which makes it possible to obtain images in different projections. The first projection is fixed when the patient lies on the back, then turns to the left side, after which - to the right, and the last projection is removed standing position. The received projections allow to estimate the sizes of a tumor more precisely, and also to define a degree of its ingrowning in the organs located nearby.
Thus, this option is an auxiliary method of preliminary diagnosis, which allows in rare cases to identify the disease at an early stage, and then, if only the muscular or external layer of the stomach is affected, and with a high probability it allows to determine the cancer at later stages.
An X-ray study is an advanced diagnostic method that makes it possible to diagnose cancer even more likely, but this will be discussed in the next article.
Auxiliary stage of the diagnosis of the disease, including blood tests, coprograms and ultrasound studies, makes it possible to judge the presence of a disease. To determine the exact diagnosis, it is necessary to apply detailed diagnostic methods, for example, carrying out an X-ray of gastric cancer.