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A systematic review of clinical studies on dynamic magnetic resonance imaging of pelvic organ prolapse: the use of reference lines and anatomical landmarks

Review published: 2009.

Bibliographic details: Broekhuis SR, Futterer JJ, Barentsz JO, Vierhout ME, Kluivers KB.  A systematic review of clinical studies on dynamic magnetic resonance imaging of pelvic organ prolapse: the use of reference lines and anatomical landmarks. International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction 2009; 20(6): 721-729. [PubMed: 19271092]

Quality assessment

This review found that few studies compared dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with clinical examination for assessment of pelvic organ prolapse. MRI may be useful in the posterior compartment, but seemed interchangeable with clinical examination in the anterior and central compartments. The review did not provide evidence on the different anatomical compartments and these conclusions are unlikely to be reliable. Full critical summary

Abstract

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The aim of our study was to provide a systematic literature review of clinical studies on pelvic organ prolapse staging with use of dynamic magnetic resonance (MR) imaging.

METHODS: The databases EMBASE and PubMed were searched. Clinical studies were included in case they compared pelvic organ prolapse stages as assessed on dynamic MR imaging (using a reference line) with a standardized method of clinical prolapse staging.

RESULTS: Ten studies were included, which made use of seven different reference lines in relation to a wide variety of anatomical landmarks.

CONCLUSION: Only few studies have compared pelvic organ prolapse stages as assessed by dynamic MR imaging and clinical examination in a standardized manner. The available evidence suggests that prolapse assessment on dynamic MR imaging may be useful in the posterior compartment, but clinical assessment and dynamic MR imaging seem interchangeable in the anterior and central compartment.

CRD has determined that this article meets the DARE scientific quality criteria for a systematic review.

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