Multimodality imaging of the male urethra: trauma, infection, neoplasm, and common surgical repairs

David D. Childs, Ray B. Dyer, Brenda Holbert, Ryan Terlecki, Jyoti Dee Chouhan, Jao Ou

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Objective: The aim of this article is to describe the indications and proper technique for RUG and MRI, their respective image findings in various disease states, and the common surgical techniques and imaging strategies employed for stricture correction. Results: Because of its length and passage through numerous anatomic structures, the adult male urethra can undergo a wide array of acquired maladies, including traumatic injury, infection, and neoplasm. For the urologist, imaging plays a crucial role in the diagnosis of these conditions, as well as complications such as stricture and fistula formation. While retrograde urethrography (RUG) and voiding cystourethrography (VCUG) have traditionally been the cornerstone of urethral imaging, MRI has become a useful adjunct particularly for the staging of suspected urethral neoplasm, visualization of complex posterior urethral fistulas, and problem solving for indeterminate findings at RUG. Conclusions: Familiarity with common urethral pathology, as well as its appearance on conventional urethrography and MRI, is crucial for the radiologist in order to guide the treating urologist in patient management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3935-3949
Number of pages15
JournalAbdominal Radiology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Retrograde urethrography
  • Stricture
  • Urethra

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology


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