Summary and Info
The goal of this atlas, edited and authored by internationally respected experts in the field, is to clearly and precisely present indications, techniques, limitations, sources of errors, and pitfalls of diverse imaging modalities. The text describes the abundant, high-quality images that show the normal anorectal anatomy as well as the pathological appearance of the all-too-common large-bowel and pelvic floor functional diseases. The use of radiopaque markers in diagnosing colonic inertia; defecography, 3D US, and MRI in investigating obstructed defecation; 3D US and MRI in differentiating between benign and malignant anorectal neoplasms; CT and MRI in assessing pelviperineal anatomy and identifying pelvic tumors and inflammatory processes; and 2D-3D US in determining appropriate treatment for fecal incontinence are discussed in depth. This atlas demonstrates the value of a team approach between colorectal surgeons and radiologists for solving complex clinical disorders of the anorectum and PF.