The radiological evaluation of the female pelvic floor disorders includes many examinations and multiple imaging modalities, including conventional radiography, ultrasonography (US), computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Within each modality are different examinations, ranging from general screening studies to speci?c examinations optimized to address a particular clinical question. There is no single ideal radiological examination capable of addressing the many issues related to the female pelvis. Assessment of a patient with pelvic-related complaints should begin with a thorough history and physical examination. This provides not only a basis for possible etiologies, but also is essential in guiding the radiological evaluation. In some cases, the radiological workup may not resolve a clinical question, but when combined with other diagnostic tests such as neuromuscular testing, manometry, endoscopy, and the like, the combination may provide valuable insight into the patient’s underlying pathology, possible therapy, and prognosis.
|Title of host publication
|Female Pelvic Health and Reconstructive Surgery
|Number of pages
|Published - Jan 1 2002