Ultrasonic diagnosis of ovarian and adnexal disease

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  • The primary role of gynecologic ultrasonography, unchanged from the earliest days of bistable imaging, is to detect, confirm, or refute the presence of a pelvic mass, especially in the patient whose physical examination is inconclusive. Ultrasonographers using high resolution equipment and refined diagnostic criteria may at times determine the origin of gynecologic masses; however, such diagnoses can only be made in a few lesions with characteristic morphologic patterns. In general, a referring physician can achieve a definitive diagnosis only through careful clinical evaluation, follow-up, or surgery. The major value of ultrasound is, therefore, to provide detailed information about the location, size, and character of ovarian and adnexal abnormality.
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  • Berland LL; Lawson TL; Albarelli JN; Foley WD
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