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Male infertility: the role of imaging in diagnosis and management.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22763036     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The investigation of male infertility is assuming greater importance, with male factors implicated as a causal factor in up to half of infertile couples. Following routine history, examination and blood tests, imaging is frequently utilised in order to assess the scrotal contents for testicular volume and morphology. Additionally, this may give indirect evidence of the presence of possible reversible pathology in the form of obstructive azoospermia. Further imaging in the form of transrectal ultrasound and MRI is then often able to categorise the level of obstruction and facilitate treatment planning without resort to more invasive imaging such as vasography. Ultrasound guidance of therapy such as sperm or cyst aspiration and vasal cannulation may also be performed. This article reviews the imaging modalities used in the investigation of male infertility, and illustrates normal and abnormal findings that may be demonstrated.
T Ammar; P S Sidhu; C J Wilkins
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2012-07-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of radiology     Volume:  85 Spec No 1     ISSN:  1748-880X     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Radiol     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-02     Completed Date:  2013-01-22     Revised Date:  2013-11-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373125     Medline TA:  Br J Radiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S59-68     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Radiology, King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Infertility / diagnosis*,  surgery*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
Surgery, Computer-Assisted / methods*
Testis / pathology*,  ultrasonography*
Ultrasonography / methods*

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