Uterine Fibroids Diagnosis

Uterine Fibroids Diagnosis

Fibroids are the most common form of non-cancerous or benign tumours in women of reproductive age. You may hear them called other names like uterine fibroids, leiomyoma, leiomyomata, or myoma. They grow in the muscle layer of the womb (uterus). Fibroids are usually round or semi-round in shape and can range in size from a large marble to a baseball.

When the doctor suspects fibroids, more precise tests can be done to confirm this diagnosis. These diagnostic tests include the following:

  • Hysteroscopy
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Sonohysterography
  • Transvaginal ultrasounds

Hysteroscopy

A hysteroscopy is a procedure for examining submucosal fibroids through a small, thin telescope-like device called a hysteroscope. The hysteroscope, a viewing instrument that contains optical fibres, is inserted into the womb through the cervix to search for fibroids. Gas or fluid is often used to inflate the womb to give a better view.

How MRI works

MRI

In order to precisely map the location of fibroids, a Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) session is sometimes used. MRIs are reserved only for cases where non-surgical detection is not an option.

Sonohysterography

Approaches can be either trans-abdominal or trans-vaginal and include the use of saline solution to assist the imaging process.

Sonohysterography of uterus

Ultrasounds

Ultrasounds are painless procedures used as an early test for fibroids.

The ultrasound test for fibroids is called a transvaginal ultrasound. During this procedure, the doctor inserts a hand-held probe into the vagina. The probe sends out sound waves that bounce off the structures in the womb (uterus), and a computer creates a picture on a screen that is then used to search for fibroids.

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