Women requiring infertility treatment caused by endometriosis may be boosted by the news that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) conducted by radiologists could be used to diagnose and treat their condition more effectively.
The procedure, employed by radiologists, serves to distinguish between the two types of endometriosis - superficial and subperitoneal or deep.
Identifying the type of endometriosis a woman is suffering is particularly important to ensure the appropriate and most effective treatment.
Dr Nathalie Hottat, from the Department of Radiology at Erasme Hospital and the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium is the study's lead author.
She commented: "The 3-T MRI results also demonstrated a high negative predictive value of 93.3 per cent, meaning that MRI findings accurately ruled out deep endometriosis in patients with superficial endometriosis, allowing the surgeon to perform the less invasive laparoscopic procedure."
Endometriosis affects up to 10 per cent of the female population and occurs when endometrial cells grow outside the uterine cavity.