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Endometriosis

  • Vera SchreiterEmail author
  • Karen Kinkel
Chapter
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Abstract

While endometriosis is a benign disease of the female pelvis, it can be a very aggressive, invasive condition. The diagnosis is often delayed and difficult, and laparoscopy remains the gold standard. Among noninvasive diagnostic options, ultrasound has a role in diagnosing local manifestations of endometriosis, while magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is gaining popularity. Patient preparation and selection of an adequate imaging protocol will help to fully exploit the diagnostic potential of MRI mapping of endometriotic lesion localization. The interpretation of MR images should use a checklist to search for lesions based on the most common locations of endometriosis and typical changes in MRI signal intensity.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyCharité–Universitätsmedizin BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Institut de Radiologie, Clinique des GrangettesChêne-Bougeries, GenevaSwitzerland

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