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Diagnosis of Uterine Fibroids
- Transvaginal ultrasound—A smooth probe inserted into the vagina produces images of pelvic structures using high frequency sound waves.
- CT Scan —This is a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures inside the body.
- MRI scan —This test uses magnetic waves to make pictures of structures inside the body.
- Hysteroscopy —A thin, lighted telescope-like tube is inserted through the vagina to the cavity of the uterus.
- 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.
Leiomyoma. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated May 22, 2012. Accessed August 16, 2012.
Uterine fibroids fact sheet. Womens Health.gov website. Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/uterine-fibroids.cfm. Updated May 13, 2008. Accessed August 16, 2012.
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 12/2013
- Update Date: 01/15/2014