An official journal of the Society for Biology of Reproduction and the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn

June 2014 (No. 2)

3D ultrasound imaging of the human corpus luteum×

Christoph Brezinka**

Department of Gynecological Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine, Medical University Innsbruck, Anichstreet 35, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria

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The aim of this article was to present the extent to which the state-of-the art ultrasonographic imaging can be used to visualize the features of the human corpus luteum (CL). In the late 1970s, the first ultrasonographic images of human CLs were published. The advent of transvaginal, high-resolution transducers has greatly improved the quality of imaging as did the subsequent introduction of color Doppler and 3D ultrasonography. In the present technical note, the examples of the various technical and imaging modalities used to examine the human CLs are shown. CL is a short-lived structure with a highly variable morphological appearance and the 3D ultrasonographic technique is an ideal tool to perform standardized measurements on the CL. The introduction of new imaging techniques in clinical reproductive medicine can only be successful if operators are properly trained.

Reproductive Biology 2014 14 2: 110-114.

× The material described in this article was presented as an invited lecture at Ludwig Fraenkel Symposium ‘‘Endocrine Control of Corpus Luteum Function’’ in Wroclaw, Poland (5–6 September, 2013).

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