How do we diagnose Uterine Fibroids?
In many cases, fibroids are diagnosed during routine pelvic exams performed by a gynecologist or primary care physician. If the uterus feels enlarged, the next step is typically a pelvic ultrasound. Sometimes, MRI can be used to further characterize these benign tumors.
Ultrasound is the primary imaging exam for the evaluation of fibroids. Ultrasound does not produce radiation and instead uses high frequency soundwaves to image the uterus and other pelvic structures with a high level of detail.
Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is another important tool for characterizing fibroids. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field to produce images of the uterus and pelvis. MRI does not use or produce radiation and therefore is not associated with radiation risks or effects.