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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 87-91

Emerging role of Color Doppler in Infertility Management: A Public Health perspective


1 Department of Assisted Reproductive Technology, Ajanta Hospital and IVF Centre, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ajanta Hospital and IVF Centre, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India; Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA
2 Department of Assisted Reproductive Technology, Ajanta Hospital and IVF Centre, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ajanta Hospital and IVF Centre, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Saumya Pandey
Dy. Director, Academics, Clinical Research and Publications/Grants, Ajanta Hospital and IVF Centre, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2394-4285.162778

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Color Doppler is emerging as a valuable diagnostic imaging modality in the field of reproductive medicine, primarily infertility. Reproductive disorders, including infertility and spontaneous abortions/miscarriages, have emerged as major public health problem(s) worldwide. Color Doppler energy imaging is a high throughput technology based on the total integral of energy frequency spectrum. We extracted the most relevant articles (comprehensive reviews and original research articles) for inclusion in our review by performing a comprehensive literature search using the Pubmed (last accessed on 2015 April 28) scientific database. Color Doppler is a high-throughput, sophisticated imaging technique for the assessment of uterine anomalies, intrauterine pathology, tubal patency, polycystic ovaries, ovarian follicular monitoring, endometrial receptivity, failed and/or ectopic pregnancy, male infertility, and uterine, endometrial, and ovarian vascularity. Assessments of the uteroovarian pulsatility indices (PIs), resistance indices (RIs), and endometrial color signals are important determinants of in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles and pregnancy rates. With our clinical/scientific research experience in the field of reproductive medicine, we strongly believe that an overall public health model needs to be designed in managing infertility patients; therefore, major issues such as cost-effectiveness and technical artifacts should be addressed so as to achieve an accurate clinical diagnosis, successful IVF outcome/pregnancy, and overall patient satisfaction in a clinical research setting. Simple, safe, efficient, and affordable diagnostic modalities should be incorporated at infertility clinics coupled with well-designed patient counseling sessions and community-based public health awareness campaigns conducted so as to reduce the morbidity and mortality rates associated with reproductive disorders.


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