The sonographic findings and corresponding pathology reports of 83 premenopausal and 55 postmenopausal women were retrospectively reviewed to evaluate the significance of color Doppler imaging in the evaluation of the endometrium. Premenopausal women had flow noted in the single malignancy case and in 16 of 21 (76%) polyps, with 7 polyps (33%) presenting as a vascular pedicle. In postmenopausal women, flow was seen in 3 of 5 (60%) malignancies and 5 of 9 (56%) polyps, with 2 polyps (22%) presenting as a vascular pedicle. Postmenopausal women with thin endometria had flow in 1 of 2 (50%) polyps, while those with thicker endometria had flow in 4 of 7 (56%) polyps and 3 of 5 (60%) malignancies. The data showed that color Doppler imaging was useful in detecting vascular pedicles in endometrial polyps, but it was not otherwise helpful as an independent predictor of malignancy.
- blood flow
- color Doppler imaging
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology