What scan is needed?
It is advisable that patients on any form of HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) are closely monitored. Modern transvaginal (TVS) colour Doppler (blood flow) ultrasound has proved very effective both in assessing both the management and safe use of HRT.
What can it show?
Most ultrasound clinics will only monitor the thickness of the womb lining during the use of HRT. This is shown to be insufficient in terms of identifying problems in the endometrium caused by the HRT. CDS offers advanced TVS and colour Doppler monitoring which is much more effective in demonstrating any abnormal tissue or vascular changes within the endometrium. This is particularly important in the case of abnormal bleeding.
In addition, CDS offers breast ultrasound, particularly for those patients on oestrogen-based HRT and where there is a family (maternal) history of breast cancer.
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