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Can an Ultrasound Detect Endometriosis?

Can an Ultrasound Detect Endometriosis?

ANSWER:

In some cases, an ultrasound CAN detect endometriosis.

Though an ultrasound is not the traditional method to detect the presence of endometriosis, it can be helpful in detecting the cases where the uterine lining becomes transplanted and enlarges in the ovaries known as ovarian endometrioma.  An ultrasound, which is better suited to diagnosis fibroids and cysts will pick up endometriomas as long as they are larger than one cm.

How Is Endometriosis Diagnosed?

The most effective way of diagnosing endometriosis is through laparoscopy.  During a laparoscopy, a laparoscope is inserted through a small incision in the abdomen allowing the doctor to view the reproductive organs through a small telescopic lens.  With this procedure the doctor will have the ability to determine the severity of the condition including the size, location, and number of endometrial implants.

 

REFERENCES:

“Endometriosis FAQ.” FBS, A JOURNAL AND VIRTUAL LIBRARY . N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2011. <http://www.bioscience.org/books/endomet/end34-65.htm#62>.

“Endometriosis – Diagnosis.” University of Maryland Medical Center | Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2011. http://www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/how_endometriosis_diagnosed_000074_6.htm

 

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