While ultrasound (US) remains the 1st line imaging modality for evaluating diseases of the penis, MRI has shown specific advantages, owing to excellent soft tissue contrast and good spatial resolution, ability to evaluate less accessible or complex anatomy and ability to detect subtle disease.
When I was a radiology registrar ploughing through night calls, there will be that 1 or 2 CT scans requested for patients who present to the Accident & Emergency Department pale as a sheet due to extremely low blood pressure.
The purpose of putting on a lead apron in radiology is to protect patients from unnecessary radiation exposure during an X-ray exam, especially to shield the reproductive organs (testicles and ovaries).
Miss Siti, a 27-year-old lady was referred to our imaging centre for an MRI of her whole spine without contrast, having presented to her orthopaedic surgeon with a history of persistent mid back discomfort and tingling in her right hand for a few months.
Mr Tan, an 80 year old gentleman had a MRI conditional pacemaker inserted for second degree heart block and now requires a follow-up MRI rectum after a rectal surgery a couple of months ago. His son, a lawyer, asks our MR radiographer if his father is able to proceed with the MRI examination given this situation.