Influence of rectal gel volume on defecation during dynamic pelvic floor magnetic resonance imaging

Gaurav Khatri, April A. Bailey, Chasta Bacsu, Alana L. Christie, Neil Kumar, Ivan Pedrosa, Philippe Zimmern

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Purpose: To evaluate effects of altering rectal contrast volume on defecatory effort during magnetic resonance defecography (MRD). Methods: We assessed defecation qualitatively and quantitatively as a function of rectal distention (group A: 180 cc, n=31; group B: 120 cc, n=31). Quantitative evaluation comprised measuring rectal area on midline sagittal images pre- and post-defecation. Results: Resting rectal area was significantly higher for group A than for group B (35.2 vs. 28.3 cm2, P <.0001). Post-defecation rectal area and change in area (pre- to post-defecation) were not significantly different. Subjective evaluation showed no significant difference. Conclusion: Decreasing rectal gel volume from 180 to 120 cc did not compromise defecation performance during MRD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1027-1031
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Imaging
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015



  • Dynamic pelvic MRI
  • MR defecography
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Rectal contrast
  • Rectal gel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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