The role of cine MR imaging in the assessment of uterine function
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To review the literature on uterine contraction and to highlight magnetic resonance imaging using the cine technique as a useful method to evaluate these movements.
The literature research on PubMed database was done up to February 2019 with restriction to English language about articles regarding uterine peristalsis and cine MR.
Infertility is a common clinical problem and a source of frustration for those who want to have children. Uterine movements are crucial elements in respect of successful conception, implantation, and the development of a healthy pregnancy. It is known that the direction and frequency of uterine peristalsis are closely related to the different phases of the menstrual cycle, and that changes in its activity may interfere with reproduction. One condition that has been linked with infertility by several studies is dysfunctional uterine contractility. Magnetic resonance imaging, using the cine technique, has been shown to be a useful tool in the evaluation of these movements, allowing the identification of patients with some type of dysfunction and establish strategies to increase pregnancy rates.
Cine MR is an excellent imaging method for the evaluation of uterine peristalsis and identification of dysfunctional contractions.
KeywordsUterine peristalsis Uterine contraction Infertility Cine MRI Sperm transport
DMS data collection, manuscript writing. HWJ, LKB and FPPLL manuscript editing. MAPO project development, data collection, manuscript editing.
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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.
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