Specific Anatomic RegionBladder
ApplicationVirtual cystoscopy to stage bladder cancer/ follow up bladder cancer
AuthorFishman EK
Reference SourcePersonal communication
Scanner UsedSiemens Somatom Plus-4
Injection RateNo contrast
Contrast Volume and TypeNo contrast
Area ScannedEntire bladder
Scan DelayNone
Length of Spiral (time)usually 20-25 sec
Slice Thickness3mm
Table Speed/Pitch3-5mm/sec
Reconstruction Interval1-2mm
3D Technique UsedVolume rendering
Comment: Bladder distention can be done either with air or positive contrast via a foley catheter or by giving the patient a lot of water (i.e. like a pelvic u/s) to drink and waiting 30-45 minutes. To make up a solution of positive contrast add 30cc of Omnipaque-350 to a 500cc bag of saline.