Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


The accuracy of diagnostic ultrasound in 484 gynecologic patients was evaluated. In 97% of them, the ultrasonic findings were either diagnostic or confirmatory of the final clinical condition. The ultrasonic procedure was useful in the evaluation of pelvic or adnexal masses, confirmation and assessment of early pregnancy, location of lost Intrauterine contraceptive devices, diagnosis of tubo-ovarian abscess and hydatidiform mole. The ultrasonic study aided in developing a precise surgical approach as well as reducing the number of operative procedures performed only for diagnosis. In 3%, the ultrasonic studies were misleading, indicating the limitations of the procedure and reinforcing the need to use this procedure in conjunction with other accepted modalities of examination.