Transurethral ultrasonography of the urinary bladder
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- Resnick, M.I. & Kursh, E.D. World J Urol (1988) 6: 22. doi:10.1007/BF00326838
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Though considered a pelvic organ, the urinary bladder, unlike the prostate, can be assessed with a variety of radiographic and imaging techniques. Intravenous urography, cystography and abdominal ultrasonography have been shown to be more useful in studying this structure in contrast to the prostate gland. Other imaging studies such as transrectal ultrasonography, computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging have been proven to be of value in examining both organs. Most of these latter examinations have been utilized for the purpose of staging bladder tumors and, though noninvasive tumors and tumors demonstrating significant extravesical involvement can be readily identified, these imaging examinations have genrally not been satisfactory in determining the degree of muscle involvement by an invading bladder tumor.