Tests for womb cancer

Your GP might arrange for you to have tests, or refer you to a specialist. The specialist will ask you questions and will examine you including a pelvic examination. They might then arrange one or more of these tests. 

Transvaginal ultrasound scan

An ultrasound scan is a procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to create a picture of your womb. It is usually the first test you have.

Biopsy of the womb lining

The only way to definitely diagnose womb cancer is to take a sample of the tissue lining the womb. This is called an endometrial biopsy. 

Blood tests for womb cancer

Blood tests can check your general health, for example your blood cell levels and how well your liver and kidneys are working.

MRI scan for womb cancer

An MRI scan creates pictures using magnetism and radio waves. It can help to find out where in the womb the cancer is, how big it is and whether it has spread.

CT scan for womb cancer

A CT scan is a test that uses x-rays and a computer to create detailed pictures of the inside of your body. You might have one to find out more about where the cancer is and whether it has spread.

PET-CT scan for womb cancer

A PET-CT scan combines a CT scan and a PET scan into one to give detailed information about your cancer.  CT scans use x-rays and PET scans use a mildly radioactive substance to show up areas of your body. 

Chest x-ray when you have womb cancer

You might have a chest x-ray before you have surgery for womb cancer. This is to check your lungs look healthy before you have an operation and to check if the cancer has spread to your lungs.

Last reviewed: 
23 Jan 2022
Next review due: 
10 Feb 2024
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