Quick Tips - GYN Ultrasound ANATOMY
Which of the following structures is indicated by the arrow? Test your ultrasound anatomy skills!
You guessed it! This image is referring to the Broad Ligament.
The broad ligament is a two-layered fold of peritoneum that extends from the sides of the uterus to the floor and lateral walls of the pelvis inferiorly and the adnexa superiorly. The broad ligament helps to hold the uterus in its anatomic position. It covers the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes and also includes nerves and blood vessels to these organs.
In this ultrasound image, the reason the broad ligament is easily identified is because of the fluid filling the pelvis. This highlights the location of the broad ligament. In normal settings, without a large amount of free fluid or the presence of other pathology, the broad ligament is rarely recognized on ultrasound.
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