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Intravaginal Gel for Staging of Female Pelvic Cancers—Preliminary Report of Safety, Distention, and Gel-Mucosal Contrast During Magnetic Resonance Examination

Young, Phillip MD*; Daniel, Bruce MD; Sommer, Graham MD; Kim, Bohyun MD*; Herfkens, Robert MD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: March/April 2012 - Volume 36 - Issue 2 - p 253–256
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e3182483c05
Abdominal Imaging

To more fully outline cervical and vaginal contours and distend the vagina, we have filled the vagina with sterile water-based gel before the magnetic resonance (MR) examination. The technique is similar to that used for defecating MR proctography and other MR examinations, but has not been well described for MR imaging of female pelvic cancer. We present our preliminary clinical experience, including a review of safety imaging characteristics and maintenance of the distention during the examination.

From the *Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; and †Department of Radiology, Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA.

Received for publication October 25, 2011; accepted December 24, 2011.

Reprints: Phillip Young MD, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905 (e-mail:

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.