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Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Ischiorectal Fossa: Spectrum of Disease

Hoeffel, Christine MD; Crema, Michel Daoud MD; Azizi, Louisa MD; Lewin, Maité MD; Monnier-Cholley, Laurence MD; Arrivé, Lionel MD; Tubiana, Jean-Michel MD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: March/April 2007 - Volume 31 - Issue 2 - pp 251-257
doi: 10.1097/01.rct.0000236419.90019.40
Abdominal Imaging: Pictorial Essay

Objective: Pelvic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies are widely used to assess the rectum, anal canal, and their environment. The purpose of this article is to review the current role of MRI in the evaluation of diseases involving the ischiorectal fossa and their imaging features.

Conclusions: The radiologist plays an essential role in the evaluation of some conditions typically located in this space and of other conditions that occasionally involve this area or invade the ischioanal space. The accurate assessment of these diseases that MRI provides further cements its role as the primary technique for the evaluation of pelvic pathology.

From the Department of Radiology, Hôpital Saint-Antoine, 184 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine 75571 Paris Cedex 12. France.

Received for publication March 16, 2006; accepted June 30, 2006.

Reprints: Christine Hoeffel, MD, Université Paris-Descartes, Faculté de médecine Cochin-Port-Royal, 24 rue du Faubourg St-Jacques and Department of Radiology, Hôpital Saint-Antoine, 184 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine 75571 Paris Cedex 12. France (e-mail: christine.hoeffel@sat.ap-hop-paris.fr).

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.