MRI of pelvic floor dysfunction: review.

Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Singapore General Hospital, Outram Rd., Singapore 169608, Republic of Singapore.
American Journal of Roentgenology (Impact Factor: 2.74). 12/2008; 191(6 Suppl):S45-53. DOI: 10.2214/AJR.07.7096
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ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to review the anatomy and etiology of pelvic floor weakness in women and to discuss the role of MRI in the assessment of female pelvic floor dysfunction. CONCLUSION: In women with pelvic floor weakness, pelvic MRI, with its superior soft-tissue contrast resolution, allows direct visualization of the pelvic organs and their supportive structures in a single noninvasive examination. By providing useful and valuable information on the extent and severity of pelvic organ prolapse, MRI plays a valuable role in preoperative planning of complex cases.

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