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Assessment of changes in endometrial and subendometrial volume and vascularity during the normal menstrual cycle using three-dimensional power Doppler ultrasound.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16676367     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To describe changes in endometrial and subendometrial volume and vascularity during the normal menstrual cycle using three-dimensional (3D) power Doppler ultrasonography. METHODS: Fourteen healthy volunteers, 24-44 years old with regular menstrual cycles, underwent serial transvaginal 3D power Doppler ultrasound examinations of the uterus on cycle day 2, 3 or 4, then daily from cycle day 9 until follicular rupture and 1, 2, 5, 7 and 12 days after follicular rupture. Endometrial and subendometrial volume (cm3), vascularization index (VI), flow index (FI) and vascularization flow index (VFI) were calculated using the VOCAL (Virtual Organ Computer-aided AnaLysis) software. RESULTS: Endometrial and subendometrial vascularity indices increased throughout the follicular phase, decreased to a nadir 2 days after follicular rupture and then increased again during the luteal phase. Endometrial and subendometrial volume increased rapidly during the follicular phase and then remained almost unchanged during the luteal phase. CONCLUSIONS: Substantial changes occur in endometrial volume and vascularization during the normal menstrual cycle. There is the potential for 3D power Doppler ultrasonography to become a useful tool for assessing pathological changes associated with female subfertility and abnormal uterine bleeding.
L Jokubkiene; P Sladkevicius; L Rovas; L Valentin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ultrasound in obstetrics & gynecology : the official journal of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0960-7692     ISO Abbreviation:  Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-05-25     Completed Date:  2007-02-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9108340     Medline TA:  Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  672-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2006 ISUOG. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Obstetric, Gynecological and Prenatal Ultrasound Research Unit, Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Lund, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Endometrium / anatomy & histology*,  blood supply,  ultrasonography
Imaging, Three-Dimensional
Longitudinal Studies
Menstrual Cycle / physiology*
Prospective Studies
Regional Blood Flow
Ultrasonography, Doppler

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