Endovaginal magnetic resonance imaging of the female urethra

Khaled M. Elsayes, Govind Mukundan, Vamsidhar R. Narra, Hatem A. Abou El Abbass, Srinivasa R. Prasad, Jeffrey J. Brown

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Abstract

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is playing an important role in the clinical evaluation of women presenting with urethral symptoms. Voiding cystourethrography, direct urethrography, and pelvic sonography provide limited information on abnormalities that are in continuity with the urethra. On the other hand, urethra and periurethral tissues can be noninvasively evaluated by high-resolution endocavitary MRI. Because of its multiplanar capability and high tissue contrast, endovaginal MRI is an extremely reliable diagnostic test in the evaluation of urethral abnormalities. In this article, the utility of endovaginal MRI in the detection and characterization of a wide spectrum of urethral pathologic conditions, such as congenital anomalies, diverticula, urethritis, and benign and malignant neoplasms, is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of computer assisted tomography
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

Keywords

  • Endovaginal coil
  • Female urethra
  • Magnetic resonance imaging

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