Around 2,000 prenatal diagnosticians and specialists will meet in Vienna to examine the role of ultrasound in preserving the fertility of women with uterine fibroids and endometriosis.

The International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG) World Congress, taking place at the Austria Center Vienna, 15-21 September 2017, is the latest in a series of human-medicine related conference wins for the Austrian capital city. Vienna is renowned for its innovation in health and medical technology, with core facilities including the Campus MedUni Vienna for biomedicine-related research.  Vast meeting venues and a strong medical knowledge hub have made the city a favourite destination for organisers of mega medical congresses.

ISUOG’s Austrian congress presidents reflect the country’s leading role in ultrasound and fertility research: Dr Christoph Brezinka is from the University Hospital for Gynaecological Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine in Innsbruck; Dr Daniela Prayer, Head of the Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology at Vienna General Hospital and head of the world leading Centre of Prenatal Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the Medical University Vienna.

Dr Brezinka said: “Ultrasound examinations are an indispensable part of modern-day obstetrics and gynaecology. As well as being used in regular check-ups to monitor the development of the embryo during pregnancy, ultrasound is playing an increasingly important role in treating young women with endometriosis and fibroids. The insights delivered by this imaging technique make it possible to respond earlier, preserve women’s fertility and make future pregnancy possible.”

Around one in every four to six women of childbearing age sufferers from fibroids, benign growths that develop in the wall of the uterus. While removal of the womb used to be the standard procedure following diagnosis, developments in modern ultrasound technology now mean that it is possible to monitor and treat patients whilst preserving fertility. Similar advances have also been made in the treatment of endometriosis, a condition where tissue that makes up the lining of the womb is present on other organs inside the body, causing symptoms such as irregular bleeding, cysts and painful inflammation.

“Diagnosis based on ultrasound examinations is critical for health of women and their ability to have children in future,” Brezinka explained.

Vienna’s congress will also hold live scan demonstrations showcasing the full functionality of the latest generation of ultrasound equipment and clinical guidance around new and developing technologies. Self-help groups for uterine fibroid, endometriosis and tumour patients are also invited to participate in discussions, with a view to bringing about specific improvements in ultrasound examinations for women with these conditions.

 

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