A study into how AI and cutting-edge medical scanning techniques could support women suffering with endometriosis, through faster and less invasive diagnosis, is starting to recruit patients.
Researchers are aiming to sign up 100 patients at King’s Fertility clinic who have been experiencing the condition, which affects one in 10 women of childbearing age.
Symptoms of endometriosis include significant pelvic and abdominal pain during menstruation, painful intercourse and spontaneous pain outside menstruation. In some cases, it can be linked to infertility.
The definitive diagnosis of endometriosis is done by laparoscopic inspection of the pelvis which is invasive and involves keyhole surgery. Other less invasive methods may be used, including ultrasound and MRI scanning.
DEFEND – Developing an US-MRI-biomarker fusion model for Endometriosis – aims to develop a database of ultrasound and MRI images for women with symptoms of endometriosis.
It will explore the effectiveness of using 2D and 3D ultrasound and MRI scanning, as well as develop prototype algorithms for reading the scans.
Recruitment of patients to take part in the DEFEND study began in January 2022 and will continue for 6 months. Participants will be recruited from those patients on the surgical waiting list at the Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine Clinic at King’s Fertility.
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