MRI for acute penile imaging

Author(s): Dr Jane Belfield, Leo Papadopoullos, Dr Peter Rowlands

Hospital: Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Reference: RAD Magazine, 49, 578, 18-19


MRI of the penis can be performed in acute patients, particularly those presenting with symptoms of an acute penile fracture or priapism. It is reasonably quick to perform and if patients are in acute pain can give good quality images without the need for direct pressure on the penile and scrotal areas, which may be needed when performing ultrasound.

This article aims to outline normal penile anatomy, how to acquire MRI of the penis, and discusses MRI findings in penile trauma and priapism.

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