Modality-Based (US, CT, MRI, PET-CT) Imaging - Review

MRI in patients with urethral stricture: a systematic review


  • Mikolaj Frankiewicz
  • Karolina Markiet
  • Jakub Krukowski
  • Edyta Szurowska
  • Marcin Matuszewski

Received Date: 15.10.2019 Accepted Date: 17.02.2020 Diagn Interv Radiol 2021;27(1):134-136

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is gaining acceptance as a diagnostic tool in urethral stricture disease. Numerous publications emphasize on the advantages of MRI including its ability to determine periurethral spongiofibrosis, thus overcoming the main limitation of retrograde urethrography (RUG). It is also becoming an alternative for sonourethrography (SUG), which is a highly subjective examination. Magnetic resonance urethrography (MRU) has become an increasingly appreciated tool for diagnosing patients with urethral stricture disease. Obtained data provides radiologists and urethral reconstructive surgeons with additional information regarding anatomical relationships and periurethral tissue details, facilitating further treatment planning. Considering the great prevalence of urethral stricture disease and necessity of using accurate, and acceptable diagnostic method, this review was designed to provide radiologists and clinicians with a systematic review of the literature on the use of MRI in the urethral stricture disease.