What Can (And Can't) Detect Endometriosis

Detecting endometriosis is a complicated, complex, and often frustrating process. There is much misinformation among patients and the medical community regarding what can and cannot detect endometriosis. While the only definitive way to detect the disease is through surgery, there are non-surgical exams that can strongly suggest the presence of certain types of endometriosis. At the same time, however, these non-surgical exams have their limitations. It is very common for many patients with endometriosis to have completely normal results for all of the non-surgical exams featured below.

This infographic seeks to dispel certain myths about what can (and can’t) detect endometriosis in order to help better inform patients about what their test results may (or may not) mean.

What Can Detect Endometriosis