Assessment of response of uterine fibroids and myometrium to embolization using diffusion-weighted echoplanar MR imaging

Eleni Liapi, Ihab R. Kamel, David A. Bluemke, Michael A. Jacobs, Hyun S. Kim

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Abstract

Our objective was to evaluate the role of echoplanar diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps in the assessment of response of uterine fibroids and myometrium to uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). We evaluated 32 fibroids in 11 patients treated with UFE. Treated lesions had low ADC values compared to untreated lesions. Furthermore, ADC values of the myometrium did not significantly change after embolization, suggesting maintained myometrial viability after embolization. DWI and ADC maps, by providing functional information at a cellular level, may serve as imaging tools for assessing treatment response after UFE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-86
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of computer assisted tomography
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

Keywords

  • Diffusion weighted imaging (DWI)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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