What is the role of MRI in the preoperative workup of partial cystectomy?

Updated: Apr 03, 2019
  • Author: E Jason Abel, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Gadolinium-enhanced and gadolinium-excreted MRI scans have also been used to image the renal pelvis and ureters. Whether MRI is as accurate as IVP or retrograde pyelography is currently under investigation.

MRI generally does not provide more information than a CT scan. If bone metastases are suspected, MRI is more sensitive for detection than a CT scan or a radionucleotide bone scan. In addition, recently published studies using ferumoxtran-10-enhanced MRI suggest that this modality may improve lymph node staging in patients with bladder cancer.


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