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Donald School Journal of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology

ISSN (printed): 0973-614X. ISSN (electronic): 0975-1912.

Probably ultrasonography is the most widely used imaging technique in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Nowadays most symptomatic, and many asymptomatic, women who attend a gynecological office undergo a pelvic ultrasound. The role of this technique in gynecology is well-established. However, this is rapidly evolving technique. During the last years significant advances have been achieved using this technique for diagnosing and managing gynecological diseases such as deep pelvic endometriosis and new approaches for preoperative assessment of adnexal masses. There have been also significant technological advances. Surely, one of the most important of such advances is three-dimensional ultrasound. This new technique has opened a formidable field for research in gynecologic ultrasound. Although this technique initially focused in obstetrics imaging it has become clear that its potential application in gynecologic patients is tremendous. In my opinion this technology may change the way we are currently performing ultrasound and, in fact, it offers unique ways for evaluating the uterus, adnexa, pelvic floor as well as the assessment of tumor vascularization. In this issue of the journal several papers show some of these advances and try to foresee some future applications of threedimensional ultrasound in gynecology.

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