Imaging and the Infertility Evaluation

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Abstract

Ultrasound (US) has transformed the fertility evaluation. With 1 consultation, blood work and 1 to 2 USs, the female fertility status can be fully evaluated. The initial US is best done early in the follicular cycle to evaluate the pelvic anatomy and ovarian reserve. A three-dimensional US is important to evaluate for uterine anomalies and color Doppler for any masses. A mid-cycle saline infusion sonohysterogram assesses the endometrial cavity better than a hysterosalpingogram as it identifies the cause of any filling defects. By concurrently adding contrast or agitated saline, tubal patency can be tested. This US-based approach reliably, efficiently, and cost-effectively assesses female infertility.

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