Who Can and Should do Uterine Artery Embolisation

  • John F. Reidy
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


The first report of uterine artery embolisation (UAE) as a primary treatment for uterine fibroids was in 1996 (Ravina et al. 1995). The leading author in this seminal paper was a gynaecologist and the radiological input was by neuroradiologists. Radiologists, particularly interventional radiologists (IRs) who had been embolising in great variety of clinical situations since the 1980s, seized on this new application with enthusiasm—here was an elective procedure for a common condition that was minimally invasive compared with the standard treatment which for most women was a major surgery and a hysterectomy.

Gynaecologists were generally less enthusiastic in their uptake and acceptance of this new procedure, but as the experience of UAE has increased and national medical societies and bodies representing both radiologists and gynaecologists gave it their cautious approval, it has become more generally accepted.

Most commonly, IR procedures are undertaken at the request of a...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyGuy’s HospitalLondonUK

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