What is the role of renal arteriography in the workup of renal cell carcinoma (RCC)?

Updated: May 21, 2019
  • Author: Kush Sachdeva, MD; Chief Editor: E Jason Abel, MD  more...
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Renal arteriography is not used in the evaluation of a suspected renal mass as frequently now as it was in the past. When inferior vena cava involvement is suspected, either inferior venacavography or magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is used. MRA is currently the preferred imaging technique. Knowledge of inferior vena cava involvement is important in planning the vascular aspect of the operative procedure.


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