Visualization of pelvic splanchnic nerve using readout-segmented echo-planar diffusion-weighted imaging at 3T: preliminary experience in healthy male volunteers.
Rikiya Yamashita 1 , Hiroyoshi Isoda 1 , Akihiro Furuta 1 , Seiya Kawahara 1 , Hironori Shimizu 1 , Tsuyoshi Ohno 1 , Shotaro Kanao 1 , Katsutoshi Murata 2 , David A. Porter 3 , and Kaori Togashi 1
Diagnostic Radiology, Kyoto University,
Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan,
Japan K.K., Tokyo, Japan,
A, Healthcare Sector, Erlangen, Germany
The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential
ability of readout-segmented echo-planar
diffusion-weighted imaging for visualizing the pelvic
splanchnic nerve, an important surgical landmark in
pelvic nerve-preserving surgery. Eleven healthy male
volunteers were examined using this novel technique at
3T, and successful visualization of the targeted nerve
was achieved at the rate of 50%. Readout-segmented
echo-planar diffusion-weighted imaging may be a
promising technique to visualize the pelvic splanchnic
nerve preoperatively in clinical settings.
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