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Endometriosis is one of the most common and challenging gynaecological disorders, affecting 10-15% of women in the reproductive age group. Common symptoms include pelvic pain, pain with periods, pain with sex, bowel pain during periods, and infertility. The majority of women with endometriosis have superficial lesions and these are too small to see on ultrasound. A sub-group of women however will have a deep infiltrating form of the disease. The gold standard for diagnosis of endometriosis is laparoscopy. Because of the invasiveness of this technique, the diagnosis is often delayed. Recent improvements in ultrasound technique have led to the infiltrating form of the disease being diagnosable on an expert ultrasound assessment. This can lead to earlier diagnosis, reduction of surgical risk, the possibility to use medical therapy prior to surgery, and improvement of pre-operative planning if surgery is required

You can find more information on endometriosis and the ultrasound diagnosis of it on this website.

The Sonographic Association for Endometriosis aims to improve the diagnosis of deep infiltrating endometriosis by transvaginal ultrasound through education and workshops. The organisation also provides patients and doctors with information where expert ultrasound assessments for endometriosis are currently available.

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Upcoming endometriosis courses/lectures

19 November 2016: RANZCR Tasmanian Branch Meeting Hobart





For ultrasound professionals

Tutorials on how to diagnose deep infitrating endometriosis have been made available on YouTube.


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For patients

On this website you will information about endometriosis. By reading about the ultrasound diagnosis you will understand the benefits and limitations of a preoperative ultrasound assessment. You will also find a list of specialist ultrasound practices that perform expert assessments  for deep infiltrating endometriosis. For those tests a referral by your GP or gynaecologist is required.