Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 48, Issue 8, pp 1155–1166 | Cite as

Common genitourinary catheters: a systematic approach for the radiologist

  • Helen HR. KimEmail author
  • Sheryl Tulin-Silver
  • Richard N. Yu
  • Jeanne S. Chow
Pictorial Essay


Catheters are commonly used to treat and diagnose urinary tract abnormalities in the pediatric population. This pictorial essay reviews commonly placed genitourinary catheters imaged by radiography, fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT) and ultrasonography (US). The purpose of the catheter, how the catheter is placed, and the imaging findings associated with appropriately positioned catheters as well as misplaced and displaced catheters are described. It is important for radiologists to recognize common genitourinary catheters, and be familiar with their normal and abnormal positions as displacement is often first recognized by diagnostic imaging.


Catheter Children Double-J ureteral stent Foley catheter Genitourinary tract Malecot catheter Nephrostomy Pigtail catheter Suprapubic tube 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiology,UMass Memorial Medical Center,WorcesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of Radiology,Columbia University Medical Center,New YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Urology,Boston Children’s Hospital,BostonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Radiology,Boston Children’s Hospital,BostonUSA

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