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Imaging of Benign Adnexal Masses: Characteristic Presentations on Ultrasound, Computed Tomography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging

HEILBRUN, MARTA E. MD; OLPIN, JEFFERY MD; SHAABAN, AKRAM MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: March 2009 - Volume 52 - Issue 1 - pp 21-39
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e318195834b
Imaging in Gynecology

Adnexal masses are common in the general population. Although ovarian cancer is a significant cause of mortality, large screening studies demonstrate that the majority of adnexal masses are benign. These benign masses include physiologic cysts, paraovarian masses, and benign ovarian lesions. It is important that gynecologists and radiologists appreciate the appearance of these lesions on multiple imaging modalities, including ultrasound, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging to avoid unnecessary intervention.

Department of Radiology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Support: Marta E. Heilbrun, MD, is supported in part by the GE-AUR Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF).

Correspondence: Marta E. Heilbrun, MD, Department of Radiology, University of Utah, 30 North 1900 East No. 1A071, Salt Lake City, UT 84132-2140. E-mail: marta.heilbrun@hsc.utah.edu

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.