The Genitourinary Imaging Division performs diagnostic imaging and interventional procedures for conditions affecting the urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra), as well as specialized procedures relating to the uterus and Fallopian tubes.

Our genitourinary (GU) radiologists have outstanding knowledge as well as compassion for patients. They are dedicated to providing you with seamless, complete evaluation and management. This depth of expertise gives Penn the distinction of being the only academic medical center in the Delaware Valley with a separate GU Radiology Section.

The GU team engages in close clinical collaboration with the departments of UrologyNephrologyRenal Transplant Service, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, particularly the divisions of Infertility and Gynecologic Oncology.

GU radiologists also consult on imaging studies conducted in the UltrasoundCTMRI and Nuclear Medicine Sections at Penn and at other hospitals or imaging centers.

Diagnostic Studies

Imaging studies used for diagnosis include evaluations of:

  • Urinary tract anatomy and function 
  • Known or possible cancers
  • Urinary stone disease
  • Urinary fistulas
  • Voiding problems
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Infertility 

We conduct an innovative program to evaluate and treat urinary incontinence, in conjunction with the divisions of Urology and Urogynecology.

Interventional Procedures

The GU Division pioneered the development of interventional uroradiology. Today, we perform the newest, effective interventional radiology approaches on patients, including those with transplanted kidneys. 

These procedures include:

  • Percutaneous nephrostomy, to drain urine
  • Ureteral stent placement and removal
  • Dilation of narrowed or blocked urinary tract 
  • Ablation or obliteration of cysts, lymphoceles and other fluid collections in or around a kidney  
  • Non-surgical interventions for urinary tract stone disease
  • Fallopian tube recanalization for infertility

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