Imaging studies of the pelvic floor.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

A variety of imaging modalities complement the history and physical examination in the investigation of pelvic floor dysfunction in women. Current fluoroscopic techniques, including defocography, can reveal underlying pelvic floor defects by reproducing normal daily activities that cause symptoms. Magnetic resonance imaging provides fine musculoskeletal detail of this region in anatomic plane not well seen via computerized tomography. Ultrasound is used primarily in assessment of the anal sphincter muscles. Cystourethroscopy provides direct visualization of the lower urinary tract. This article describes the clinical applications and technique of each modality.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Weidner, AC; Low, VH

Published Date

  • December 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 825 - vii

PubMed ID

  • 9921559

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-0474

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0889-8545

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0889-8545(05)70045-0


  • eng