The vulva is the collective term given to the female external genitalia.
The vulva consists of the:
vestibule of the vulva
Individual component ...
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex autoimmune disease with multisystem involvement. It is also sometimes classified as a vasculitis.
There is an overall increased female predilection. In adults, women are affected 9-13 times more than males. In children, this ratio i...
Varicocele grading on colour Doppler can be done variably. The most elaborate and widely-accepted grading was given by Sarteschi, as below.
For a general discussion of this condition refer to the article: varicocoele.
baseline greyscale study in supine position and measure the dia...
Lipomatosis is a condition where there is diffuse excessive fat deposition within the body. This can especially affect certain regions.
neck and upper region of trunk
lipomatous hypertrophy of the interatrial septum
lipomatous metaplasia of th...
Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is currently used as a tumour marker for prostate adenocarcinoma.
PSA is a 33 kilodalton glycoprotein produced in prostate epithelial cells. Its normal physiologic role is as a liquefying agent for seminal fluid; only a tiny amount leaks into the blood, therefore...
The PSA density (PSAD), is a calculation performed at diagnosis and is the serum PSA level divided by the volume of the prostate gland.
PSA density has been used as a prognostication tool in helping decide between a watch-and-wait or an invasive approach when managing prostate carcinoma. The c...
The mons pubis (plural: montes pubis) refers to the rounded protuberant skin-covered soft tissue overlying the symphysis pubis (in both sexes). It is most prominent in adult females.
In females it forms the most superior part of the vulva and it is also called the mons Veneris (plural: montes V...
The labia majora (singular: labium majus) form the anteroinferior most part of the vulva, they are continuous with the mons pubis anteriorly and the perineum posteriorly. The labia are apposed in the midline forming the, externally-visible, pudendal cleft.
The labia majora have a...
A bifid ureter, or ureter fissus, is an example of incomplete duplication of a duplex collecting system.
Present in ~5% (range 1-10%) of the population 1-2.
A bifid ureter is formed when there is a duplex kidney (separate pelvicalyceal collecting systems) drain i...
Accessory renal arteries are a common variant and are present in ~25% (range 20-30%) of the population. Their proper identification is of utmost importance for surgical planning prior to live donor transplantation 2,3 and renal artery embolisation for various reasons 5.
The term extra renal art...
PI-RADS (Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System) refers to a structured reporting scheme for evaluating the prostate for prostate cancer. It is designed to be used in a pre-therapy patient.
The original PI-RADS score was annotated, revised and published as the second version, PI-RADS v2 6, ...
Scrotoliths, also known as scrotal pearls, are benign incidental extra testicular macro-calcifications within the scrotum. They frequently occupy the potential space of the tunica vaginalis or sinus of the epididymis. They are usually of no clinical significance 1,2.
Vesicoureteric reflux (VUR) is the term for abnormal flow of urine from the bladder into the upper urinary tract and is typically encountered in young children.
For grading of vesicoureteric reflux, please refer to vesicoureteric reflux grading.
The incidence of urinary tract in...
The paraurethral ducts (or Skene ducts) drain the paraurethral glands of the female urethra. There is one duct, draining each gland, on each side, just proximal to the external urethral meatus.
paraurethral duct cyst
paraurethral duct abscess
The perineal nerve or the perineal branch of the pudendal nerve is the largest terminal branch of the pudendal nerve which is derived from S2, S3 and S4 nerve roots of the sacral plexus. The perineal nerve gives muscular branches to superficial and deep perineal muscles as well as the external u...
Hydrocele of the canal of Nuck is a rare condition in female children caused by a failure of complete obliteration of the canal of Nuck 1. The canal of Nuck is an abnormal patent pouch of peritoneum extending anterior to the round ligament of the uterus into the labia majora 2. Incomplete oblite...
The perineum is a diamond shaped region below the pelvic diaphragm and is divided by an imaginary line drawn between the ischial tuberosities into anteriorly the urogenital triangle and posteriorly the anal triangle.
The perineum is bounded by the pubis anteriorly, the ischial tu...
Vesicovaginal reflux is a well-known entity rarely encountered by radiologists. It is a behavioural disorder, a type of dysfunctional elimination syndrome commonly encountered in pre-pubertal girls. It is defined as reflux of urine into the vaginal vault either in supine or upright position duri...
The urogenital triangle forms the anterior half of the diamond-shaped perineum. The triangle's corners are defined by the pubis symphysis anteriorly and the ischial tuberosities anterolaterally. The anterolateral borders are the ischiopubic rami and the posterior border is the transverse perinea...
Paraurethral duct cysts are retention cysts that form secondary to inflammatory obstruction of the paraurethral (Skene) ducts in females.
The cysts are lined by stratified squamous epithelium due to their origin from the urogenital sinus.
Paraurethral glands (or Skene glands) lie within the wall of the distal female urethra and secrete mucus during sexual activity. Each gland is drained by a single paraurethral duct. They are homologous to the male prostate gland.
If the paraurethral duct becomes obstructed (inflammation, inspis...
The female urethra is a simple short tube, that transports the urine out of the body, extending from the internal urethral orifice of the bladder to the external urethral orifice in the vestibule of the vagina.
The female urethra measures approximately 4 cm in length. It is embe...
The male reproductive system (or tract) includes:
It can be imaged using almost the entire range of imaging modalities but ultrasound and MRI are most often used (in part because...
The bulbourethral glands or Cowper glands are paired small pea-sized glands of the male reproductive tract, analogous to the female Bartholin glands.
The bulbourethral glands are located in the deep perineal pouch posterolateral to the membranous portion of the male urethra and c...
Bartholin gland cysts are located in the posterolateral inferior third of the vagina and are associated with the labia majora.
Most patients are asymptomatic 4.
infection: may turn into Bartholin gland abscesses
rare instances of development of adenocarc...
The Bartholin glands (or greater vestibular glands) are paired pea-sized structures, lying on either side of the vaginal opening, and are homologous to the bulbourethral (Cowper) glands in the male. They form part of the vulva.
These glands are described as less than 1 cm in diam...
Unilateral renal enlargement can arise from a number of causes which include:
duplicated pelvicalyceal system
crossed-fused renal ectopia
renal arterial infarction
renal vein thrombosis
anatomic compression of the renal vein
acute bacterial nephritis
Bilateral renal enlargement can arise from a number of causes which include 1:
diabetic nephropathy (common)
renal involvement with lymphoma
acute interstitial nephritis
vasculitis / autoimmune
autosomal recessive polycystic kidneys (ARPKD)
adult dominant polycys...
CT cystography is a variation of the traditional fluoroscopic cystogram. Instead of anterograde opacification of the urinary collecting system (as with CT urography), contrast is instilled retrograde into the patient's bladder, and then the pelvis is imaged with CT.
Urinary bladder rupture is usually seen in the context of significant trauma.
Bladder rupture can be categorised into five types depending on the location and extent of the rupture.
This is commonly seen but sometimes not classed as true rupture, since...
Abdominal molar tooth sign refers to the appearance of contrast media spilled out of the urinary bladder on CT cystography after extraperitoneal bladder rupture.
Contrast flows out of the ruptured bladder, occupying preperitoneal cavum Retzii and surrounds the bladder in the shape of a molar to...
Renal medullary nephrocalcinosis is the commonest form of nephrocalcinosis and refers to the deposition of calcium salts in the medulla of the kidney. Due to the concentrating effects of the loops of Henle, and the biochemical milieu of the medulla, compared to the cortex, it is 20 times more co...
The string of beads sign is the description typically given to the appearance of the renal artery in fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) but may also be used to describe the appearance of splanchnic arteries in segmental arterial mediolysis (SAM). It refers to the appearance arising from the stenoses ...
Antegrade ureteric stents are performed under fluoroscopic guidance, typically by an interventional radiologist or urologist. It is performed via percutaneous access from the kidney. It is usually performed using the access from a prior percutaneous nephrostomy, a so-called two-step procedure, a...
Retroperitoneal haemorrhage can be a source of significant yet occult blood loss.
The clinical features are varied depending on the amount of hemorrhage present, rate of onset and ability of the surrounding structures to contain the hemostatic system. The classical featur...
Female prostate sign is a characteristic imaging sign seen in patients with a large urethral diverticulum.
A large urethral diverticulum in females surrounds the urethra, and elevates the base of the bladder, mimicking the typical appearance of enlarged prostate in males.
Eosinophilic ureteritis (and eosinophilic pyelouerteritis) is a rare cause of ureteral inflammation. The clinical presentation and imaging features are non-specific.
Patients are usually atopic or hypereosinophilic with peripheral eosinophilia.
Associated with eosinophil...
Tubular ectasia of rete testis represents dilated testicular mediastinal tubules.
This condition is more common in men over the age of 55 years.
This is a benign condition thought to result from the partial or complete obliteration of the efferent ducts. These sperma...
Urethral strictures are relatively common and typically occur either in the setting of trauma or infection.
The demographics of the affected population is dictated by the aetiology, but in general, it is safe to say that adult males make up the vast majority of cases.
Testicular vasculitis can occur as either part of a systemic vasculitis or an isolated vasculitis involving only the testes with both having roughly equal prevalence.
The mean age of onset is approximately 40 years.
Symptoms can include a testicular mass w...
Bladder calculi occur either from migrated renal calculi or urinary stasis. Bladder calculi can be divided into primary and secondary stones:
primary: stones form de novo in the bladder
secondary: stones are either from renal calculi which have migrated down into the bladder, or from concretio...
Squamous cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder is rare and accounts for only ~3-8% 1,2 of all bladder cancers (90% are transitional/urothelial cell carcinomas) but nevertheless, SCC is the most common type of nontransitional cell carcinoma involving the bladder 2. SCC of the bladder is observed ...
The urachus is the fibrous vestigial remnant of the fetal allantois.
The lumen of the urachus usually obliterates after birth and it becomes the median umbilical ligament, a midline linear fibrous fold of parietal peritoneum, extending from the apex of the bladder to the umbilicus.
If the lume...
Primary melanoma of the prostate is rare, and usually cannot be diagnosed on imaging alone. In many cases, it is believed that in fact the tumour represents prostatic involvement by melanoma of the urethra.
Primary malignant melanoma of the prostate represent both a tiny fraction ...
The claw sign is useful in determining whether a mass arises from a solid structure or is located adjacent to it and distorts the outline.
It refers to the sharp angles on either side of the mass, which the surrounding normal parenchyma forms when the mass has arisen from the parenchyma. As suc...
The urinary bladder (more commonly just called the bladder) is a distal part of the urinary tract and is an extraperitoneal structure located in the true pelvis. Its primary function is as a reservoir for urine.
The bladder has a triangular shape with a posterior base, an anteri...
The penis is the most distal part of the male urogenital system.
The gross anatomy of the penis can be divided into five sections:
loosely connected to the tunica albuginea
distally folded to form the prepuce (foreskin) at the corona of the penis
the internal layer of t...
The bulbospongiosus is a muscle found in the superficial perineal pouch which covers the bulb of the penis in males and the bulb of the vestibule in females.
origin: median raphe and perineal body
insertion: dorsum of penis/clitoris, perineal membrane
innervation: pudendal nerve
The deep perineal pouch is an anatomic space superior (deep) to the perineal membrane in the urogenital triangle of the perineum, anterior to the transverse line between the ischial tuberosities.
The deep perineal pouch is above (deep to) the perineal membrane in the urogenital t...
The superficial perineal pouch is an anatomic space below the perineal membrane in the urogenital triangle of the perineum.
The superficial perineal pouch is inferior (superficial) to the perineal membrane in the urogenital triangle, anterior to the transverse line between the is...
The perineal membrane is a thin triangular horizontal layer of dense tough fascia in the perineum the dividing the urogenital triangle into the superficial (inferior) and deep (superior) perineal pouches.
It attaches to the inferior margins of the ischiopubic rami, enclosing the anterior portio...
Renal tumours (for the purposes of this article taken to broadly mean neoplastic lesions) should be distinguished from renal pseudotumours.
Whilst renal tumours can be broadly divided into primary and secondary (metastatic), benign and malignant or adult and paediatric tumours, they are more fo...
Folliculin gene-associated syndrome (FLCN-S) or Birt-Hogg-Dubé (BHD) syndrome is a genetic multisystemic disease mainly characterised by:
multiple lung cysts and secondary spontaneous pneumothoraces
multiple bilateral renal tumours (particularly chromophobe renal cell cancer and oncocytoma)
Cowper duct syringocele refers to a cystic dilatation of the main duct of the bulbourethral (Cowper) glands.
Affected patients may present with postvoid dribbling, urinary frequency, weak stream, or haematuria.
Four groups of syringoceles have been described 2:...
A congenital (primary) megaureter encompasses causes of an enlarged ureter which are intrinsic to the ureter, rather than as a result of a more distal abnormality; e.g. bladder, urethra (see secondary megaureter). It includes:
obstructed primary megaureter
refluxing primary megaureter
This article lists examples of normal imaging of the genitourinary tract and surrounding structures, divided by modality.
KUB: example 1
abdominal x-ray: example 1
Intravenous Urogram (IVU) / Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)
IVU: example 1
Pelviureteric junction (PUJ) obstruction/stenosis, also known as ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction/stenosis, can be one of the causes of an obstructive uropathy. It can be congenital or acquired with a congenital PUJ obstruction being one of the commonest causes of antenatal hydronephrosi...
Penile implants are a surgically placed device to assist with erectile dysfunction. The device has inflatable components inserted in the penile shaft with a reservoir typically placed in the pelvis.
Penile Doppler in erectile dysfunction
medical devices in the a...
The recipients of renal transplants are susceptible to a number of complications. Incidence of each is variable and partially subject to specific surgical transplantation techniques and management patterns 3.
Renal transplant complications
These can be broadly categorised as periren...
The cortical rim sign is useful in distinguishing acute pyelonephritis from a segmental renal infarct and is seen on contrast enhanced CT or MRI.
In the setting of acute pyelonephritis, the areas of abnormally reduced enhancement typically involve a complete wedge of renal parenchyma, extending...
Urethrography refers to the radiographic study of the urethra using iodinated contrast media and is generally carried out in males.
When the urethra is studied with instillation of contrast into the distal/anterior urethra it has been referred to as
retrograde urethrography (RUG)...
Renal abscess, like any other abscess, is a collection of infective fluid in the kidney. It is usually a sequela of acute pyelonephritis, where severe vasospasm and inflammation may occasionally result in liquefactive necrosis and abscess formation.
It can affect all ages and has ...
Urethral injuries can result in long-term morbidity and most commonly result from trauma. The male urethra is much more commonly injured than the female urethra and is the focus of this article.
In the setting of trauma, the classic triad of blood of the external urethral...
Pelvic congestion syndrome (some prefer pelvic venous insufficiency 9) is a condition that results from retrograde flow through incompetent valves in ovarian veins. It is a commonly missed and potentially-treatable cause of chronic abdominopelvic pain.
It tends to be more common ...
Localised cystic renal disease (LCRD) (or localised cystic kidney disease) is an uncommon, non-familial, non-progressive disease characterised by clusters of cysts within normal renal parenchyma. It can be confused with unilateral autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), multilocula...
The perirenal space is the largest of the three divisions of the retroperitoneum and is the most easily identified. It contains the kidneys, renal vessels and proximal collecting systems, adrenal glands and an adequate amount of fat to allow identification on CT scanning.
The space is surrounde...
The lateroconal fascia is the peritoneal thickening at the adjoining lateral borders of the anterior and posterior perirenal fasciae laterally. Congdon and Edson 1 first named it due to its location lateral to the perirenal space, and therefore the perirenal fascia, which is also known as the co...
The posterior pararenal space is the smallest and most clinically insignificant portion of the retroperitoneum.
It is filled with fat, blood vessels and lymphatics, but contains no major organs.
posteriorly: bound by transversalis fascia
anteriorly: bound by posteri...
Testicular fracture refers to a break in the parenchyma of the testicle as a result of blunt trauma.
A fracture line can be seen as a hypoechoic and avascular area within the testis but is only seen in 17% of cases 1. A tunica albuginea rupture may also be pr...
The perirenal fascia is a dense, elastic connective tissue sheath that envelops each kidney and adrenal gland together with a layer of surrounding perirenal fat forming the perirenal space.
It is a multi-laminated structure which is fused posteromedially with the muscular fasciae of the psoas a...
Ganglioneuromas are fully differentiated neuronal tumours that do not contain immature elements and potentially occur anywhere along the peripheral autonomic ganglion sites.
On imaging, usually, they present as well-defined solid masses and can be quite large at presentation. Generally, they a...
Testicular dislocation is a rare condition in which a testicle is dislocated from its normal position within the scrotum to another location, most commonly the superficial inguinal pouch.
The condition mainly occurs in younger men with a mean age of 25 years 2.
Congenital megacalyces is an incidental finding which mimics hydronephrosis. It is a result of underdevelopment of the renal medullary pyramids with resultant enlargement of the calyces. It it more frequently seen in males.
The enlarged, floppy calyces predispose to stasis, infection and calcul...
Multicystic dysplastic kidney (MCDK) is a type of non-heritable paediatric cystic renal disease. It results in multiple cysts being formed in utero in the affected kidney.
Unilateral incidence is estimated at 1:2500-4000. There may be a predisposition for the left kidney, a slight...
RASopathies are a class of developmental disorders caused by germline mutations in genes that encode for components or regulators of the Ras/mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway.
As a group, RASopathies represent one of the most common malformation syndromes, with an in...
Testicular lipomatosis is a rare condition characterised by homogeneously hyperechoic non-shadowing lesions within the testes on ultrasound without flow on colour Doppler. It is seen as a component of PTEN (phosphatase and tensin homolog (gene)) hamartoma tumour syndrome which includes:
Nephroptosis, also known as floating or wandering kidney and ren mobilis, refers to the descent of the kidney more than 5 cm or two vertebral bodies when the patient moves from a supine to upright position during IVU 1-2.
Displacement can also occur medially across the midline, so-called medial...
Vesicovaginal fistulas are abnormal fistulous connections between the urinary bladder and vagina, resulting in an involuntary discharge of urine through the vagina.
The overall incidence of vesicovaginal fistula is unknown but was reported to be 2.11 per 100 births in Nigeria 1.
Ureteric jets (or ureteral jets) are the visualisation of the normal physiological periodic efflux of urine from the distal end of each ureter into the bladder.
When the urine passing down the ureter reaches the vesicoureteric junction it is forced out into the bladder via a strong...
Urine represents the biofluid end-product of the renal filtration process. Normally it is a transparent, sterile, pale-yellow liquid (although clearly colour varies with the person's hydration status).
Urine is one of the most easily-accessible biofluids in the human body and has been intensiv...
Haematuria occurs when blood enters the urinary collecting system and is excreted in the urine. There are many aetiologies for haematuria, and they range from benign and transient to gravely concerning. Haematuria can derive from the kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate (in men), or urethra. Imag...
Chyluria is the finding of chyle in the urine, and is due to a pathological communication between the lymphatic system and the renal tract. It is most commonly found in South-Eastern Asia, where it is due to lymphatic filariasis, but in the non-tropical world it is most commonly encountered afte...
The male urethra is a fibromuscular tube that drains urine from the bladder. It has a longer, more complicated, course than the female urethra and is also more prone to pathology.
The male urethra measures, on average, 18-20 cm in length. It commences at the internal urethral ori...
The ureter is a paired fibromuscular tube that conveys urine from the kidneys in the abdomen to the bladder in the pelvis.
The ureter is 25-30 cm long and has three parts:
abdominal ureter: from the renal pelvis to the pelvic brim
pelvic ureter: from the pelvic brim to the bla...
The kidneys are paired retroperitoneal organs that lie at the level of the T12 to L3 vertebral bodies.
The kidneys are located on the posterior abdominal wall, with one on either side of the vertebral column, in the perirenal space. The long axis of the kidney is parall...
Ureteric stents, also known as double J stents or retrograde ureteric stents, is a urological catheter that has two "J-shaped" (curled) ends, where one is anchored in the renal pelvis and the other inside the bladder.
Stents are used for the free passage of urine from the kidney to the bladder,...
Urinomas, or uriniferous fluid collections, are urine collections usually found in the retroperitoneum, most commonly in the perirenal space, as a consequence of renal tract leakage caused by urinary obstruction, trauma, or post-instrumentation.
As there is no definitive distincti...
Transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder staging uses the TNM system which has replaced the previously widely used Jewett-Scott-Marshall tumour staging system. It is very similar to the staging of TCC of the renal pelvis and staging of TCC of the ureter.
Ta: non-invasive papil...
Transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) is the most common primary neoplasm of the urinary bladder, and bladder TCC is the most common tumour of the entire urinary system.
This article concerns itself with transitional cell carcinomas of the bladder specifically. Related articles include:
Adenocarcinoma of the urinary bladder is rare and accounts for only ~1% of all bladder cancers (90% are transitional cell carcinomas).
Metaplasia of urinary bladder induced by chronic irritation or infection can lead to adenocarcinoma. Pathological types of adenocarcinoma of the urin...
Bladder inflammatory pseudotumour is a non-neoplastic proliferation of cells.
This entity is more common in adults, with a mean age at diagnosis of 38 years.
Patients present most commonly with an ulcerating bleeding mass, haematuria, and voiding symptoms....
The split bolus technique is a CT imaging investigation used in patients with haematuria aiming to put together, in a single image acquisition, both the nephrographic and renal excretory phases and thus reducing the radiation dose of the study. It is a CT protocol adopted for some institutions f...
Renal trauma can result from direct, blunt, penetrating and iatrogenic injury.
Renal injuries account for ~10% of abdominal trauma, and thus the demographic of affected individuals reflects that population. The incidence of renal injuries increases in pre-existing congenital or ac...