Question asked by: 
Anonymous
Date asked: 
Jan 2019
What is peritoneal stranding?
Stranding is something that is seen on CT scan that cannot be definitely identified
Response by Miss Christine Ang, Guest Expert, Being Together Newcastle
Miss Christine Ang

Peritoneal stranding is a term that radiologists use. At the moment CT scanning is the standard of care for assessing ovarian cancer. There are ongoing clinical trials looking at whether a CT scan is really is the best way to do this but at the moment it is.

Stranding is something that is seen on CT scan that cannot be definitely identified. That is, the radiologist can’t say it definitely is disease recurrence but neither can it be ruled out.

Haziness is another term that is used, which means there is a slightly different shade of grey seen when assessing the scan.  CT scans are seen in shades of grey.

Stranding and haziness can suggest some thickening which sometimes turns out to be post-chemotherapy effect.

Disease has to be big enough to be seen on CT, so sometimes it will not be big enough to be picked up but stranding and haziness may be noted.