What is the accuracy of ultrasonography for transitional cell carcinomas (TCCs) imaging?

Updated: Mar 18, 2019
  • Author: Ali Nawaz Khan, MBBS, FRCS, FRCP, FRCR; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Ultrasonography is inaccurate for diagnosing early TCC, and it is useful in the diagnosis of obstructive uropathy. Ureteric lesions are particularly difficult to visualize unless they cause hydronephrosis and hydroureter. The other limitation of ultrasonography is that it is inaccurate in the staging of bladder TCC, particularly Ta and T1 tumors, and also in the detecton of pelvic lymph node involvement.


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