Uterine Fibroids Diagnosis
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How to Diagnose Uterine Fibroids
Diagnostic Tests Include:
Routine Pelvic Exams -Most significant fibroids are discovered on routine pelvic examination. If symptoms such as heavy bleeding suggest the presence of fibroids that are not discovered on pelvic examination, further evaluation with imaging studies may be indicated.
Transvaginal Ultrasound -Many gynecologists have this instrument in their offices. A smooth probe inserted into the vagina produces images of pelvic structures using high frequency sound waves.
CT Scan -a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures inside the body
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) -a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of structures inside the body
Hysteroscopy -A thin, lighted telescope-like tube is inserted through the vagina and cervix into the cavity of the uterus.
Also Used for Diagnosis:
Laparoscopy -In this procedure, a thin tubelike instrument called a laparoscope is inserted through a small incision near the navel to allow the doctor to look inside the abdomen.
Hysterosalpingography -In this X-ray procedure, a dye is injected into the uterus and fallopian tubes to outline any irregularities of the uterine wall and fallopian tube passages.