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Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography:
doi: 10.1097/01.rct.0000236419.90019.40
Abdominal Imaging: Pictorial Essay

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

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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.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.



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