Terms, definitions and measurements to describe sonographic features of myometrium and uterine masses: a consensus opinion from the Morphological Uterus Sonographic Assessment (MUSA) group

Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Sep;46(3):284-98. doi: 10.1002/uog.14806. Epub 2015 Aug 10.


The MUSA (Morphological Uterus Sonographic Assessment) statement is a consensus statement on terms, definitions and measurements that may be used to describe and report the sonographic features of the myometrium using gray-scale sonography, color/power Doppler and three-dimensional ultrasound imaging. The terms and definitions described may form the basis for prospective studies to predict the risk of different myometrial pathologies, based on their ultrasound appearance, and thus should be relevant for the clinician in daily practice and for clinical research. The sonographic features and use of terminology for describing the two most common myometrial lesions (fibroids and adenomyosis) and uterine smooth muscle tumors are presented.

Keywords: adenomyosis; consensus; fibroids; leiomyosarcoma; myometrium; ultrasonography; uterus.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference

MeSH terms

  • Adenomyosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leiomyoma / diagnostic imaging*
  • Myometrium / diagnostic imaging*
  • Terminology as Topic*
  • Ultrasonography
  • Uterine Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*