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High-field (3T) magnetic resonance defecography with functional assessment of the evacuation phase : a pictorial essay : P10
Title of the conference
SGR-SSR 2009, 96th Annual Swiss Congress of Radiology
Genève, Suisse, 4-6 June 2009
Swiss Medical Forum = Forum Médical Suisse
Purpose: Dynamic high-field magnetic resonance (MR) defecography including the evacuation phase is a promising tool for the assessment of functional pelvic disorders, nowadays seen with increasing frequency in elderly women in particular. Learning objectives: 1. To describe the adequate technique of dynamic high-field MRI (3T) in assessing pelvic floor disorders. 2. To provide an overview of the most common pathologies occurring during the evacuation phase, especially in comparison with results of conventional defecography. Methods and materials: After description of the ideal technical parameters of MR defecography performed in supine position after gel rectal filling with a 3 Tesla unit and including the evacuation phase we stress the importance of using a standardized evaluation system for the exact assessment of pelvic floor pathophysiology. Results: The typical pelvic floor disorders occurring before and/or during the evacuation phase, such as sphincter insufficiency, vaginal vault and/or uterine prolapse, cystourethrocele, peritoneo-/ entero-/ sigmoïdocele or rectal prolapse, are demonstrated. The difference between the terms "pelvic floor descent" and "pelvic floor relaxation" are pictorially outlined. MR results are compared with these of conventional defecography. Conclusion: Exact knowledge about the correct technique including the evacuation phase and the use of a standardized evaluation system in assessing pelvic floor disorders by dynamic high-field MRI is mandatory for accurate and reproducible diagnosis.
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