Imaging Tests Are Here To Treat Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a non-surgical and minimally invasive diagnosis for fibroid tumors of the uterus. This procedure is also referred as Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), but specifically it is used for conditions other than fibroids. In the UFE procedure, interventional radiologist uses a catheter to deliver microparticules (spheres or beads) that blocks the blood supply to the uterine body.

In this treatment, physician inserts a catheter into the formal artery at the groin and gets advanced, under radiographic control retrograde, into the uterine artery. Then small particles are released to block the vessel. This non-surgical intervention allows the uterus to be kept in place.

Fibroid tumors, also called as myomas, occur in the muscular wall of the uterus and sometimes they turned into cancerous conditions. Probably they cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pressure on the bladder or bowel, and pain in the pelvic region. To treat Uterine Fibroid Embolization, physicians use an X-ray camera (fluoroscope) to guide the injection of small particles into the uterus. They are injected through a thin, flexible tube called catheter. These particles block the arteries that provide blood flow, causing the fibroid to shrink.

There are some imaging tests such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-ray, and CT scan by which doctors can detect the presence of uterine fibroid tumors in the uterus. By this treatment 90% of women, who have Uterine Fibroid Embolization, get relief of their symptoms. This treatment is less expensive as well as effective to get rid of uterus cancer.

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