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Magnetic resonance imaging for uterine and vaginal anomalies

Church, Daniel G; Vancil, Jennifer M; Vasanawala, Shreyas S

Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology: October 2009 - Volume 21 - Issue 5 - p 379–389
doi: 10.1097/GCO.0b013e3283307c3e
Adolescent and pediatric gynecology: Edited by Paula J. Adams Hillard

Purpose of review Pediatric pelvic MRI has had dramatic advances in the past few years. This review documents studies demonstrating the accuracy of MRI for the evaluation of uterine and vaginal anomalies and discusses the salient changes to MRI methods that are particularly applicable to evaluating the pediatric patient with these developmental anomalies.

Recent findings MRI has high accuracy for evaluation of uterine and vaginal anomalies. Significant advances, such as volumetric imaging, increased resolution, decreased motion artifacts, and shorter examination time, have increased the access and utility of MRI for pediatric patients.

Summary MRI techniques have evolved markedly in the past several years, providing a robust method of evaluating uterine and vaginal anomalies in the pediatric patient.

Department of Radiology (Pediatric), Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA

Correspondence to Shreyas S. Vasanawala, Department of Radiology (Pediatric), Stanford University School of Medicine, 725 Welch Road, Rm 1681, Stanford, CA 94305-5913, USA Tel: +1 650 724 9824; fax: +1 650 723 8402; e-mail:

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.