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      The Role of Imaging in Bladder Cancer Diagnosis and Staging

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          Bladder cancer (BC) is the most common cancer of the urinary tract in the United States. Imaging plays a significant role in the management of patients with BC, including the locoregional staging and evaluation for distant metastatic disease, which cannot be assessed at the time of cystoscopy and biopsy/resection. We aim to review the current role of cross-sectional and molecular imaging modalities for the staging and restaging of BC and the potential advantages and limitations of each imaging modality. CT is the most widely available and frequently utilized imaging modality for BC and demonstrates good performance for the detection of nodal and visceral metastatic disease. MRI offers potential value for the locoregional staging and evaluation of muscular invasion of BC, which is critically important for prognostication and treatment decision-making. FDG-PET/MRI is a novel hybrid imaging modality combining the advantages of both MRI and FDG-PET/CT in a single-setting comprehensive staging examination and may represent the future of BC imaging evaluation.

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                [1 ]Department of Radiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35249, USA; samuelgalgano@ (S.J.G.); kkporter@ (K.K.P.); cburgan@ (C.B.)
                [2 ]O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35249, USA
                [3 ]Department of Urology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35249, USA
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