Korean J Urol.  1993 Oct;34(5):805-810.

A study on the comparision of various imaging methods for the staging of renal cell carcinoma

  • 1Department of Urology, Maryknoll Hospital, Pusan, Korea.


The diagnostic significance of ultrasonography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging for predicting the stage of tumors was evaluated by comparing their results with preoperative and histopathologic findings. The 24 patients who were diagnosed as renal cell carcinoma by histopathologic finding have taken preoperative examination such as ultrasonography, computed tomography. Additionally, magnetic resonance imaging was performed in 15 patients among them. The T stage was determined correctly by magnetic resonance imaging in 87% of the cases, by computed tomography in 80%. We suggested that a computed tomography is reliable imaging method for evaluating the T,N category preoperatively, but magnetic resonance imaging is more sensitive than a computed tomography in predicting the stage of renal cell carcinoma and a magnetic resonance imaging can replace the computed tomography.


Renal cell carcinoma; Staging; Imaging methods

MeSH Terms

Carcinoma, Renal Cell*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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