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Ectopic IUD contraceptive. Coloured computed tomography (CT) scan of an axial section through the lower abdomen of a woman, showing an ectopic (abnormally positioned) intrauterine device (IUD, solid red bar). An IUD is a T-shaped piece of plastic or metal that inhibits pregnancy by preventing the fertilised egg from embedding in the uterine wall. The IUD here should be inside the uterus. At left and right are the bones of the pelvis (dark green and orange) and at bottom (also dark green and orange) is the spine. At centre (yellow) is the bladder.
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