What is the role of imaging studies in the diagnosis of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS)?

Updated: Dec 04, 2020
  • Author: Eric S Rovner, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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No known radiographic, ultrasonographic, or other imaging findings are specific for interstitial cystitis. Unless indicated to help exclude alternative diagnoses, radiographic studies have only a limited role in the evaluation of interstitial cystitis. Cross-sectional imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scanning, and pelvic ultrasonography, may be performed when clinically indicated to evaluate for a suspected pelvic mass that is causing compression of the bladder or for an adjacent inflammatory process (eg, diverticulitis).


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