What is the role of MRI in the workup of Fournier gangrene?

Updated: Jun 03, 2021
  • Author: Vernon M Pais, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Use of MRI in Fournier gangrene is not well described in the literature. MRI yields greater soft tissue detail than does CT scanning; however, MRI requires greater time, with limited ability for patient monitoring during testing. These logistical challenges, which are not shared by CT scanning, limit the practical usefulness of MRI, especially in patients with critical illness. Use of MRI should not delay operative intervention if the diagnosis is highly suspected.

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