E2200. How to IMAXimize: 3D Ultrasound For the Pelvis
  1. Iris Chen; University of California, Los Angeles
  2. Maitraya Patel; University of California, Los Angeles
  3. Simin Bahrami; University of California, Los Angeles
Ultrasonography is the mainstay of pelvic imaging given its broad availability, cost-effectiveness, and lack of radiation. The development of 3D ultrasonography for the female pelvis has revolutionized the evaluation of pelvic anatomy and pathology with multi-planar assessment.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
The teaching points of this educational exhibit include understanding both the applications and limitations of 3D ultrasonography. The exhibit will discuss both user- and interpreter- techniques with imaging correlation to optimize 3D ultrasound of the pelvis to best evaluate common pathologies. Lastly, the exhibit will reinforce the understanding of these concepts with illustrative cases and interactive quiz questions.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
The key pathologies covered with 3D pelvic ultrasound including uterine anomalies, endometrial polyps, fibroids, early pregnancies, malpositioned intrauterine devices, hydrosalpinx, endometriosis, and gynecological malignancies. Current applications for 3D ultrasound not only include evaluation of these common pathologies, but also can be utilized in the workup of infertility and as imaging guidance for procedures. Since ultrasonography is user-dependent, this presentation will review techniques to best scan and interpret common pelvic pathologies along with standardized terminology and measurement techniques.

As 3D ultrasound becomes more widespread in clinical practice, it is important to understand how to optimize 3D ultrasonography for both the user and interpreter to improve diagnostic evaluation.