Ultrasonographic diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy: Importance of transabdominal imaging

Harry L. Zinn, Harris L. Cohen, Daniel L. Zinn

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Endovaginal sonography has greatly improved the diagnostic evaluation of suspected ectopic pregnancy. Some authors suggest imaging solely by endovaginal technique for diagnosis. We perform both a transabdominal scan for a global view of the pelvic and abdominal contents and an endovaginal sonographic examination for a higher resolution and focused view of the gynecologic structures. We report three patients with negative endovaginal examinations who had obvious ectopic pregnancies on our subsequent transabdominal examination. These cases remind us of the valuable information that can be obtained with the transabdominal approach and the complementary role it plays with endovaginal sonography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)603-607
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Endovaginal ultrasonography
  • Pregnancy, ectopic
  • Transabdominal (transvesical) ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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