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Cross-sectional imaging of seminal vesicles and vasa deferentia

Abstract

A wide spectrum of pathologies, ranging from inconsequential degenerative and senile changes to clinically significant neoplasms, can affect seminal vesicles (SVs). With rapid rise in use of magnetic resonance imaging for evaluation of prostate in recent years an increasing number of cases of incidental SV pathologies are encountered by radiologists. Despite the high contrast resolution and high spatial resolution offered by multiparametric pelvic MRI, accurate diagnosis of SV processes can at times be challenging. In this article, we review the anatomy and embryology of the SVs and vasa deferentia and then explore the spectrum of diseases affecting them.

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Catania, R., Dasyam, N., Furlan, A. et al. Cross-sectional imaging of seminal vesicles and vasa deferentia. Abdom Radiol 45, 2049–2062 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00261-019-02368-7

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Keywords

  • Seminal vesicles
  • Vas deferens
  • Vasa deferentia
  • Male reproductive organs