FEATURES: 1991 OUTSTANDING PAPER AWARD: PDF OnlyThree-Dimensional Imaging of the Anal Sphincter A New Approach to Anorectal ManometrySTALZER, REBECCA A., RNAuthor Information Received November 21, 1990. For revision February 3, 1991. Accepted March 8, 1991. About the author:Ms Stalzer is the program coordinator for the Gastric Function Laboratory in the Department of Surgery at St. Joseph Hospital at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a member of SIGNEA, SGNA, and MSGNA. Address correspondence to: Rebecca A. Stalzer, RN, Department of Surgery, St. Joseph Hospital at Creighton University Medical Center, 601 North 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68131. Gastroenterology Nursing: August 1991 - Volume 14 - Issue 1 - p 14-17 Buy Abstract Anorectal dysfunction can be an extreme embarrassment and inconvenience to persons afflicted with the condition, disrupting their lifestyle. Evaluation of the anal sphincter and the distinction between muscular and neural etiology is essential. Three-dimensional imaging of the anal sphincter by use of anorectal manometry with an eight-port perfused catheter combined with computer analysis aids in defining anal sphincter function. The use of three-dimensional imaging is valuable to the physician in the determination of the presence of a muscular defect, the location of the defect and the appropriateness of surgical intervention to resolve the anal dysfunction. © The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses & Associates 1991. All Rights Reserved.