Interventional Radiology in the Lower Urinary and Genital Tracts

  • D. Rickards
Conference paper
Part of the Syllabus book series (SYLLABUS)


Under normal circumstances, access to the urothelium and lumen of the urethra and bladder is by cystoscopy and urethroscopy. Lower tract intervention is then surgical, and radiology’s role is pre-operative imaging. When endoscopy is not possible or lesions are not urothelial in origin, interventional radiology has a role. The traditional treatment for prostate outflow obstruction, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), is currently being challenged by a plethora of new therapies, some of which require radiological guidance and intervention. Interstitial prostate cancer therapy demands imaging guidance. Vascular embolisation of lower urinary tract lesions is really confined to the treatment of uncontrolled hemorrhage from inoperable bladder cancer.


Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Bladder Neck Balloon Dilatation Transrectal Ultrasound Urethral Stricture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Rickards
    • 1
  1. 1.The Middlesex HospitalUniversity College London HospitalsLondonUK

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