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J Sex Med. 2008 Feb;5(2):413-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2007.00699.x. Epub 2008 Jan 2.

Sonography of the clitoris.

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Centre d'├ęchographie, Saint Germain en Laye, France. odilebuisson@yahoo.fr

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The prevalence of invasive procedures in diagnosing female sexual dysfunctions and pathologies is high. There is a need for a less invasive evaluation tool and medical imaging of the clitoris may be a solution. The clitoris has already been studied with nuclear magnetic resonance but there are very few sonographic 2D and 3D studies despite the fact that it is a simple, noninvasive, and inexpensive method.

AIM:

This study aims at determining the feasibility of using ultrasound (US) techniques to image the clitoris in sufficient detail to permit evaluation of anatomy for possible use in study.

METHODS:

The ultrasounds were performed in five healthy volunteers with the Voluson GE Sonography system (GE Healthcare Ultrasound, Zipf, Austria), using one 12-MHz flat probe.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The clitoral body's diameter, the length of the raphe.

RESULTS:

The three planes-the cross-section, sagittal section, and coronal section-were revealed making it possible to study the entire organ.

CONCLUSION:

The sonography is a simple, inexpensive, noninvasive mean which might help for the evaluation of this organ.

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