Practical approach to MRI of female pelvic masses

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Jun;202(6):1366-75. doi: 10.2214/AJR.13.12023.


Objective: Female pelvic masses have a broad differential diagnosis, including benign and malignant neoplasms and nonneoplastic entities.

Conclusion: By using a systematic approach to the evaluation of a complex pelvic mass, including incorporating the clinical and surgical history, and by using multiparametric MRI to identify the anatomic origin, morphologic features, and tissue composition of a mass, a short meaningful differential diagnosis or definitive diagnosis can often be established.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement / methods*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Positioning / methods*
  • Pelvic Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Young Adult