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Urinary Tract MR Imaging

Tereza Poghosyan

in Essentials of Body MRI

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199738496
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322695 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199738496.003.0006
Urinary Tract MR Imaging

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Chapter 6 investigates how MR imaging has become one of the essential modalities for evaluating the urinary tract, especially by providing exquisite and unique soft tissue contrast and allowing accurate assessment of a wide range of pathology. Existing and emerging applications, including renal mass characterization, evaluation of the collecting systems and bladder, staging of malignancies, depiction of anomalies of the urinary system, MR angiography, are discussed, along with its use for guidance of percutaneous tumour ablation and post-procedural follow-up. Functional MR nephron-urography as a developing technique combining structural and functional data within a single examination is also discussed, along with the use of multi-coil array body surface coils to increase the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and obtain high-resolution images.

Chapter.  14155 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Radiology

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