Problems with Ultrasound

Why ultrasounds just don't cut it for cancer diagnosis

What Everyone Should Know About Ultrasounds For Cancer Diagnosis


Are you wondering how accurate your ultrasound for cancer is?

  • Are you concerned that your ultrasound might not be accurate?
  • Do you wonder if you can rely on an ultrasound for your cancer diagnosis?
  • Are you worried that there might be something more that the ultrasound isn’t seeing?

Could Your Cancer Diagnosis Be Wrong If It's Based on an Ultrasound?

Yes! The fact is: If your cancer diagnosis is based on an ultrasound, it could easily be wrong.

Many people who are told they have cancer based on an ultrasound might not actually have cancer – because an ultrasound can’t tell if a tumor is cancerous!

Or, you might be told that you don’t have cancer, based on an ultrasound, when in fact you do have it. Ultrasounds are unreliable when it comes to diagnosing cancer, for many reasons.

So, right from the start, if your doctor is saying to you, "you have cancer" based on an ultrasound alone, you won’t know if it’s true or not.

It will be impossible for you to know what your next choices should be, because you don’t know what’s actually going on in your body. You don’t have nearly enough information to know, with confidence, what to do next.

Problems with Ultrasounds

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  • Ultrasounds Fail to Detect Cancer
    Ultrasounds can’t tell the difference between cancerous tissues and non-cancerous tissue:
    • Ultrasounds can produce false positives.
    • Ultrasounds cannot show if any change has been caused by cancer.
    • Ultrasounds are not useful for treatment monitoring.
  • Ultrasounds Don’t Have Enough Detail
    An ultrasound can’t show which tumors are most aggressive:
    • So you might need to stay on treatment longer than is necessary.
    • And your doctor won’t be able to know which tumors should be prioritized.
  • Ultrasounds Have Many Limitations
    An ultrasound is not good enough for many aspects of cancer.
    • Ultrasounds don’t work properly with obsese patients.
    • Ultrasounds can’t show lung cancer or bone cancer.
    • And ultrasound’s accuracy also depends on the abilities of the professional operating the transducer, and not on the image alone.

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You feel like you’ve just been punched in the gut.

And you just want to stop for a moment, to take a second to breathe and think...

But you don’t have time for that.

You need to make choices about your diagnosis and cancer treatment, now. But these are things that you don’t know anything about...and yet will impact your life, forever.

It’s not fair...and it’s terrifying.

You’re smack in the middle of one of the hardest situations anyone can be put in...

You need to make instant decisions that will determine your future and life – without knowing anything about what’s actually happening in your body and what all of your options are.

How on earth would you know what to do?

And the catch 22, the problem of it all, is that you need to have confidence in your choices if you are to have any peace of mind during this process.

Why Ultrasounds Just Aren’t Good Enough for You

And, on top of all this, there are even more reasons why you should not rely on an ultrasound to give you an accurate diagnosis – because there are far better diagnostic tests available to you now, tests that will give you certainty about your diagnosis and the info you need to get exactly the right treatment to knock out the cancer asap. A fast, accurate, and precise diagnosis is critical for giving yourself the best chance at beating cancer.

So if you’ve received a cancer diagnosis based on an ultrasound test, it is very reasonable for you to need more information in order to know what next steps you should take for treatment. It is fair and smart of you to wonder if there’s anything more you should be doing to ensure you have more control over your health and your future.

Even for the best of us, a cancer diagnosis is incredibly overwhelming and scary!

You are in excellent company if you, too, feel so overwhelmed with your diagnosis that you can’t even imagine trying to figure out the next steps to figuring out how to make sure your diagnosis is accurate and then finding the best possible treatment. Where would you even start, right?

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But the good thing is this - you already know what you don’t want, and that’s a great start:

  • You don’t want to always be questioning what’s going on inside your body.
  • You don’t want to be stressed and wondering if your cancer treatment is working.
  • You don’t want to be wasting your precious time by being on the wrong treatment without knowing.
  • You don’t want to feel constant anxiety about whether the cancer is anywhere else in your body.
  • And, you definitely don’t want to be wondering if there is cancer lurking somewhere in your body once you have been told you are cancer free.
    ...Right?

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And if you’re here, looking for more information on ultrasounds, then you clearly want more information for yourself – information that you can trust, so that you can make the most informed decision possible about your cancer and how to beat it, for good.

Having cancer can be isolating and lonely – and this is true even if you have family and friends who love you and are helping you through it. Doubt and confusion are the last things you need to be feeling with when you are already having to deal with cancer…

You need clarity! You need to be certain about your options.

  • You need to be certain that you actually have cancer in the first place.
  • You need to be certain that you’re getting the right treatment for the exact cancer you have – and not just the best thing that’s available at your local hospital that may or may not work for you.
  • You need to be certain that your treatment is actually working, now, and that you’re also doing everything in your power to beat cancer, and to make sure it never comes back.
  • You need to be certain that all of the cancer is 100% gone from your body!

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Are Ultrasounds Accurate for Diagnosing Cancer?

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While ultrasounds are typically still the first step in the standard cancer diagnosis process, they are far less detailed and informative than other imaging tools. Ultrasounds use sound waves to create images of the inside of the body: a transducer (probe) transmits high-frequency sound waves into the body and captures the sound waves that bounce back to produce the image.

Generally speaking, ultrasounds are unable to provide sufficient detail about tumours in the body – especially compared to PET/CT scans. This lack of key data can lead to misdiagnosis, as well as basing treatment off of informed guesswork rather than facts.

Problems with Ultrasounds

  • Ultrasounds Often Fail to Detect Cancer
    Ultrasounds cannot differentiate cancerous tissue from non-cancerous tissue:
    • Therefore, an ultrasound can’t tell a cancerous tumour from a benign tumour
    • "Sometimes imaging tests can show something that looks like cancer, but further tests (such as a biopsy) show that it’s not cancer."
    • An ultrasound cannot show whether a change is caused by cancer
    • Ultrasounds are also ineffective in monitoring whether a treatment is working
    • They do not clearly identify the location of all tumours in your body
  • Ultrasounds Have Limited Use
    Ultrasounds have limited use in some parts of the body because sound waves cannot travel through air or bone:
    • Therefore, ultrasounds cannot detect tumours in the lungs or bone.
    • Ultrasound images are not as detailed as images from CT scans or MRIs
  • Ultrasounds Have Issues with Quality Control
    The quality of ultrasound images largely depends on the skill of the professional operating the transducer (aka the wand that sends the sound waves):
    • Therefore, the accuracy of your diagnosis will depend on the competency of the medical professional operating the transducer
    • This is not the case for CT and MRI scans
    • PET/CT scans are the most reliable, when it comes to producing images that speak entirely for themselves
  • Ultrasounds Lack Sufficient Detail
    An ultrasound can miss small tumours:
    • "It takes millions of cells to make a tumor big enough to show up on an imaging test."
    • So even if cancer cells can’t be seen on an ultrasound, your doctor might have you continue cancer treatment to make sure that they don’t miss any lingering cancer cells that may be hanging around
    • This is informed guesswork, which is fine if their guess (that there are still lingering cancer cells) is correct. However, if the guess is wrong, it means that the patient is continuing chemotherapy or radiation – and causing severe harm to their body – for no reason
    • Do not identify the most aggressive tumours - Therefore, doctors are unable to prioritize treatment effectively
  • Ultrasounds are Problematic for Obese Patients
    Because of their low-energy sound waves, ultrasounds struggle to reach through thick layers of tissue.
    • Therefore, it is very difficult to get a good quality image in people who are obese
    • More than one third of Americans and over 20% of Canadians are considered obese
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Best Diagnostic Imaging Test for Cancer

So with all of these problems, why are ultrasounds still being used as the primary diagnostic tool for cancer? Because:

  • Ultrasounds are much cheaper than other forms of imaging
  • They’re fast and simple to do
  • They're generally able to differentiate between solid tumours and fluid-filled cysts (though, again, they cannot tell if the tumour is cancerous)
  • They don’t expose people to radiation (like CT scans do)

Ultrasounds are currently used in standard cancer treatment as the primary diagnostic tool because they’re cost effective and quick to arrange.

However, there is a much more powerful imaging tool for cancer diagnosis: the PET/CT scan, which stands for Positron Emission Tomography – Computed Tomography. A PET/CT scan can pinpoint exactly where the cancer is in your body, how aggressive it is, as well as observe the outcome of cancer treatment – making it an essential diagnostic tool in fact-based cancer treatment. Please read more about the benefits of PET/CT scans to ensure that you can make an informed decision about what diagnostic tools to use.

If you or a loved one thinks there’s a chance you might have cancer – or have received a diagnosis of cancer – please connect with us today to learn how to make the most informed decision about your cancer treatment.

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