ORLANDO, FL (UroToday) - Dr. Frank Burks and colleagues report a feasibly study of imaging with the use of a C-Arm Cone-Beam Computed Tomography. The technology potentially affords sectional imaging in the intra-operative setting using a mobile C-arm with a 190 degree automated orbital rotation.

Investigators report their experience with ex-vivo imaging of a porcine kidney (n=2). Images were obtained with and without contrast injection in a retrograde fashion into the artery, vein and collecting system of the specimen. The authors were able to differentiate renal parenchyma from surrounding tissues on non-contrast studies. Once contrast was injected, the investigators obtained images that differentiated key aspects of renal anatomy.

This technology may someday prove useful to urologists for real-time cross-sectional imaging in the intra-operative setting.

Presented by Frank N Burks, MD, Evelyn L Sebastion, MD, Leonard H Kim, MD, Jose A Gonzalez, MD, Alvaro A Martinez, MD, Kenneth M Kernen, MD, and Jason Hafron, MD, at the Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) - May 17 - 22, 2008. Orange County Convention Center - Orlando, Florida, USA.

Reported by UroToday Contributing Editor Alexander Kutikov, MD

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