Medical Imaging : Findings from St. Thomas Hospital Yields New Data on Radiology (Total pelvic floor ultrasound for pelvic floor defaecatory dysfunction: a pictorial…
Findings from St. Thomas Hospital Yields New Data on Radiology (Total pelvic floor ultrasound for pelvic floor defaecatory dysfunction: a pictorial review)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week — A new study on Medical Imaging is now available. According to news reporting originating in London, United Kingdom, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, “Total pelvic floor ultrasound is used for the dynamic assessment of pelvic floor dysfunction and allows multicompartmental anatomical and functional assessment. Pelvic floor dysfunction includes defaecatory, urinary and sexual dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse and pain.”
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from St. Thomas Hospital, “It is common, increasingly recognized and associated with increasing age and multiparity. Other options for assessment include defaecation proctography and defaecation MRI. Total pelvic floor ultrasound is a cheap, safe, imaging tool, which may be performed as a first-line investigation in outpatients. It allows dynamic assessment of the entire pelvic floor, essential for treatment planning for females who often have multiple diagnoses where treatment should address all aspects of dysfunction to yield optimal results. Transvaginal scanning using a rotating single crystal probe provides sagittal views of bladder neck support anteriorly. Posterior transvaginal ultrasound may reveal rectocoele, enterocoele or intussusception whilst bearing down. The vaginal probe is also used to acquire a 360 degrees cross-sectional image to allow anatomical visualization of the pelvic floor and provides information regarding levator plate integrity and pelvic organ alignment. Dynamic transperineal ultrasound using a conventional curved array probe provides a global view of the anterior, middle and posterior compartments and may show cystocoele, enterocoele, sigmoidocoele or rectocoele. This pictorial review provides an atlas of normal and pathological images required for global pelvic floor assessment in females presenting with defaecatory dysfunction.”
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: “Total pelvic floor ultrasound may be used with complementary endoanal ultrasound to assess the sphincter complex, but this is beyond the scope of this review.”
For more information on this research see: Total pelvic floor ultrasound for pelvic floor defaecatory dysfunction: a pictorial review. British Journal of Radiology, 2015;88(1055):232-238. British Journal of Radiology can be contacted at: British Inst Radiology, 36 Portland Place, London W1N 4AT, England (see also Medical Imaging).
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A.J. Hainsworth, St. Thomas Hospital, Colorectal Department, Pelv Floor Unit, London, United Kingdom. Additional authors for this research include D. Solanki, A.M.P. Schizas and A.B. Williams.
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