(ultra)Sound Bites: Diagnosing PCOS

Part of diagnosing PCOS is by determining the way the ovaries appear on ultrasound. With PCOS, women can develop “cysts” due to eggs not being released over time. The follicles keep growing and form multiple “cysts.” This appearance may be described as a “string of pearls” in an ultrasound image.

A PCOS ultrasound would show a higher than the average number of follicles (10mm or less) in both ovaries of a patient that is not stimulated with medicine. Check out the image of a normal ovary compared to a polycystic ovary. Part of diagnosing PCOS is by determining the way the ovaries appear on ultrasound. With PCOS, women can develop “cysts” due to eggs not being released over time.

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