The role of imaging in the diagnosis and management of Peyronie's disease.

Several imaging modalities exist for the assessment of Peyronie's disease. However, comprehensive recommendations for using these objective modalities based on large-scale evidence-based studies do not yet exist. Our objective is to evaluate current imaging techniques and provide a model that we follow in our clinic in the workup and management of Peyronie's disease.

Computed tomography and radiography excellently visualize penile plaque calcifications, and MRI adeptly identifies plaques in complex locations, such as the corporal septum. Ultrasonography has extensive applications in plaque localization and characterization. Used along with color Doppler ultrasound, it is capable of detecting vascular abnormalities. Sonoelastography is an emerging subtype of ultrasongraphy that utilizes elastic properties of tissue to identify penile plaques that may not be visualized with other modalities.

Ultrasonography is the preferred imaging modality in Peyronie's disease and noninvasively characterizes penile plaques and monitors plaque response to various treatments. At our center, we perform ultrasonography with intracavernosal injection in all patients with Peyronie's disease to evaluate the degree of curvature, plaque characteristics, and concomitant erectile dysfunction to better guide management decisions.

Current opinion in urology. 2020 Mar 19 [Epub ahead of print]

Madhumita Parmar, John M Masterson, Thomas A Masterson

Department of Urology, University of Miami, Miami, Florida., Department of Urology, Cedars-Sanai, Los Angeles, California.