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December 5, 1980

Ultrasound Evaluation of Pelvic Pain

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Radiology, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

JAMA. 1980;244(22):2540-2542. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310220038023

A rapid examination method for female subjects with acute pelvic pain was developed for potential clinic or emergency distinction of medical and surgical disorders. A 95% diagnostic accuracy was achieved in separating retrospectively 102 consecutive patients into "hospital" or "outpatient" categories. It is recommended that ultrasound be used routinely in the initial evaluation of acute pelvic pain. The procedure complements and may be considered an extension of the traditional physical examination.

(JAMA 1980;244:2540-2542)