Prostate: MR imaging with an endorectal surface coil

M. D. Schnall, R. E. Lenkinski, H. M. Pollack, Y. Imai, H. Y. Kressel

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An endorectal surface coil has been developed to obtain high-resolution magnetic resonance images of the prostate. The probe consists of a surface coil mounted on the inner surface of a balloon. The balloon is concave to ensure tight seating against the prostate. The coil has been used in 15 patients with biopsy-proved prostatic carcinoma and in two healthy volunteers. The axial images were obtained with a 12-16-cm field of view and a 3-mm section thickness. Compared with images obtained with a body coil, the surface coil images better demonstrate prostatic anatomy and pathologic conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)570-574
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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