Year : 2016  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19-22

The role of imaging modalities in the management of infertility: A short communication

1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu, Nigeria
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, Nigeria
3 Department of Radiology, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku Ozalla, Enugu State, Nigeria

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Emmanuel C Ojiyi
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1116-5898.196273

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Background: Infertility is a global problem that poses a lot of management dilemma to the practicing gynecologist. Diagnostic imaging techniques are invaluable in the traditional work-up of an infertile couple. Productive therapy can be instituted only after completion of a thorough evaluation that starts with a detailed, direct history, and physical examination. Objective: To evaluate the place of radioimaging in the work-up of the infertile couple. Materials and Methods: Data were sourced through Google search engine, Highwire press, Medline, PubMed, Cochrane database, and SAGES. Articles on diagnostic imaging techniques were identified and reviewed. Results: Radioimaging has continued to play a vital role in the evaluation of the infertile couple. This is due to the fact that they can detect most structural abnormalities and pathologies that can cause or/are associated with infertility. Conclusion: Diagnostic radioimaging has continued to play key roles in the evaluation of the infertile couple and this is further helped by the introduction and enhancement of newer imaging modalities. They can detect correctable abnormalities which can lead to a successful conception as well as reveal potentially life-threatening disorders in the course of an infertile evaluation.

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