MRI and expert training

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We have noted before that specialized training and experience is highly beneficial in the ability to diagnose and treat endometriosis. This includes the technicians and providers who read imaging prior to surgery. Another study published this year confirms this again with regards to MRI’s. Widschwendter et al. (2022) report that “expert training led to a considerable increase in sensitivities for the overall detection of DIE” and the authors concluded that “after expert training, MRI has a good sensitivity with fair specificity regarding preoperative assessment of presence, location and extent of DIE” (Widschwendter et al., 2022). This can help the surgeon(s) prepare for a team based approach prior to surgery. 

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Widschwendter, P., Köhler, M., Friedl, T. W. P., Ammann, B., Janni, W., Rhomberg, C., … & Polasik, A. (2022). Diagnosis of presence and extent of deep infiltrating endometriosis by preoperative MRI–improvement of staging accuracy by expert training. Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction51(1), 102236. Retrieved from