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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, black, upper right). 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 (upper centre). At left and right are the bones of the pelvis (white) and at bottom (also white) is the spine.
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