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How are uterine fibroids diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Because uterine fibroids don't always cause symptoms, they're often diagnosed during a routine exam. Doctors may feel the tumors during regular pelvic exams, and they may then use other tests to confirm the diagnosis. Often, these other tests are imaging techniques such as ultrasounds, which use sound waves to create images of the uterus and any abnormalities in it. Doctors may also use dyes and special scopes, or MRI scans, to see into the uterus if necessary. In some cases, doctors may perform other tests—including blood tests and biopsies—to rule out other conditions.

Dr. Evelyn Minaya, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

Watch as obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Evelyn Minaya discusses how uterine fibroids are diagnosed.

 

Dr. John C. Lipman, MD
Vascular & Interventional Radiologist

Fibroids are most often diagnosed on physical exam and pelvic ultrasound, an imaging tool that looks at the uterus with probes that are placed on the outside (transabdominally) and from inside (transvaginally) the patient.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Because uterine fibroids often cause no symptoms, they are often only discovered because of a pelvic exam or ultrasound for another reason. Watch the animation to learn more about fibroids.
 

Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD
Healthcare Specialist

Your doctor may suspect a fibroid tumor during a pelvic examination. Ultrasound scan is an excellent diagnostic tool for fibroids. In select cases, more extensive imaging with MRI may be necessary.

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