What is the intraoperative role of ultrasonography in partial nephrectomy nephron-sparing surgery (NSS)?

Updated: Apr 01, 2019
  • Author: Reza Ghavamian, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Some surgeons have used intraoperative ultrasonography for evaluation of multifocality in select cases when preoperative imaging studies are equivocal or intraparenchymal nonpalpable tumors are suggested. Intraoperative ultrasonography can be a valuable adjunct in this setting. Its use is associated with a learning curve; however, this can be overcome with the aid of a radiologist or frequent use of the modality.


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