July 10, 2009
MRI Accurately Depicts Endometriosis
Radiologists may correctly diagnose deep endometriosis, a disease affecting about 5 million American women, and its severity through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) prior to surgery, aiding doctors in distinguishing the most appropriate procedure.
Endometriosis is a painful disease which develops when endometrium, or uterine tissue, grows outside the uterus. The tissue can attach to other organs such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowels and bladder. There are two types of the disease -- superficial and sub peritoneal, and deciphering between the two through MRI prior to surgery is crucial for surgeons.
SOURCE: Radiology, July 2009