By J. Beynon BSc, MBBS, FRCS, MS, G. Feifel, U. Hildebrandt, N. J. McC. Mortensen MD, FRCS (auth.)
It is now greater than forty years considering Drs. Wild and Reid released their first adventure with rectal ultrasonography from the surgical procedure division on the college of Minnesota. Professor Owen H. Wangen steen, in whose laboratory the stories have been performed, well-known at the moment the necessity for early detection within the therapy of melanoma. Technical advancements during the last two decades have made endoscopy the technique of selection for exam of the hole organs of the genital, urinary and gastrointestinal tracts. The simultaneous improvement of endosonography has had an both dramatic influence at the perform of medication and surgical procedure. The expertise has been validated to be priceless in either benign and malignant stipulations. one of many so-called benign stipulations of the anorectum is fistula-in-ano. Fistula surgical procedure has consistently depended on very good anatomic delineation of the intramuscular tracts. there's wish that model of ultrasonographic know-how will relief within the surgical administration of this illness. basically, rectal ultrasonography has enormous power within the administration of rectal carcinoma. Accuracy charges within the variety of ninety% for the intensity of neoplastic invasion were stated. This skill for exact overview will absolutely result in a greater definition of the inhabitants of sufferers that may be controlled through neighborhood healing means.
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This is especially important just inside the rectal ampulla where the optimal 90° angle of incidence is difficult to achieve (see Fig. 28). Lymph Node Metastases (Figs. 65) Lymph nodes are best seen with the 7 MHz transducer. Normal lymph nodes less than 3 mm in diameter have an echo pattern similar to that of mesorectal fat and are not usually seen. Obviously mesorectal nodes are the easiest to scan and nodes high up the mesenteric artery cannot be imaged. Less than 50% of the nodes seen by a pathologist in a resection specimen are seen by ultrasound.
The small carcinoma (arrowed) on this occasion has eroded through the submucosa into the muscularis propria. Containment by the muscularis propria is evident from the good interface between it and the surrounding fat. Fig. 12. A small uT2 tumour of the rectum (arrowed) . The submucosal middle layer has been destroyed indicating invasion into the muscularis propria. 53 54 An Atlas of Rectal Endosonography Fig. 13. Tumour uT2. Middle hyperechoic layer has disappeared indicating tumour invasion into the muscularis propria.
Fig. 4. An endosonogram of a small polypoid carcinoma of the rectum (uT1). The tumour is at 7 o'clock and the invasion is limited by the middle layer of submucosa (arrows). 49 50 An Atlas of Rectal Endosonography Fig. 5. This sonogram is of a large villous carcinoma of the rectum (uTI). The invasion is again limited by the submucosal layer (arrows). Fig. 6. A small uTI tumour of the rectal wall lying on the right side of the scan (the left side of the patient). The submucosa (arrowed) runs around the outside of the lesion.