Re: X-ray and ultrasound detections- Cathy

From: Jo Eslick (
Thu Jan 24 22:04:36 2002


Great point!  I have spoken to our local radiologist and he says that it depends on what shows up, whether something is significantly in the wrong place for example, or has been stretched or pulled into an unusual shape.

When my Gyno discovered via ultrasound that my ovaries had moved down and attached to my vagina, he knew that adhesions were indeed involved.  He then had to perform a diagnostic laparoscopy to confirm his suspicions.  I hope that one day, doctors & technicians will feel confident enough in what they see on an x-ray or ultrasound to eliminate the next step...the diagnostic surgery, because as we all know all too well... even this diagnostic surgery causes further adhesions.

I will ask the question though, good point!

Love & hugs


>From: (cathy:-)
>To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS
>Subject: Re: X-ray and ultrasound detections- lesa
>Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 22:18:48 -0600
>I kind of wonder sometimes if they are showing up on the ultrasound but
>the tech doesn't recognize the significance of what he/she is seeing.
>When I've had ultrasounds they've pushed pretty hard -- and I bet with
>some people the adhesions make things move that shouldn't move given
>where the poking is taking place, and then things that should be moving
>aren't. And also there is whether the radiologist appreciates the
>significance of organs being in the wrong place or a funny shape. Are
>there cases where the radiologist sees this and chalks it up to
>"everybody is different" when it's really showing that something is
>getting pulled out of place and/or out of shape by the adhesions?
>Just one of those random thoughts. Jo maybe the next time you talk to
>the ultrasound tech you could ask her what she thinks.
>At Thu, 24 Jan 2002, Jo Eslick wrote:
> >
> >Lesa,
> >Exciting news, hopefully one day in the not too distant future, a very experienced ultrasound technician will be able to detect evidence of adhesions. I had another ultrasound just two weeks ago and we were talking about my book. I asked her about this and she said the technology is getting better all the time, and she said their are some very specialised technicians that claim they can pin point adhesions. Lets keep our fingers crossed that this is fine tuned soon, so that instead of a cut, we will simply need an ultrasound to confirm what we the sufferers already know..... where the adhesions & pain actually is!
> >love & hugs
> >Jo
> >
> >>From:
> >>Reply-To:
> >>To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS
> >>Subject: Re: X-ray and ultrasound detections
> >>Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 21:38:11 -0600
> >>
> >>Unfortunately adhesions cannot be detected by ultrasound, MRI, CT Scan or any
> >>other kind of xray...only through a "look see" either by laparoscopy ( a
> >>scope) or by laparatomy (cutting). This is, unfortunate, but true. It's
> >>hard to believe in this day and age there isn't a test to show them.
> >>Lesa
> >
>cathy :-)

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