Medical management of endometriosis: what the radiologist needs to know
The role of the radiologist in the diagnosis and management of patients with endometriosis is increasing. Improvement in MRI imaging techniques has improved detection rate of subtle manifestations of endometriosis by radiologists. Therefore, the role of imaging in the diagnosis and follow-up after treatment is also likely to increase. Knowledge of new medical management pathways used in treating patients with endometriosis-related pain is important. The knowledge of various medication regimens will allow radiologists to continue to evaluate baseline disease, and to potentially assess for imaging response/stability to these medications. This article will review the current medical therapies in use in the management of endometriosis-related pain and describe potential imaging-related findings expected with these therapies.