Date: Wednesday 26 September 2018
Time: 08:00 - 12:30
Location: to be confirmed
Cost: €70 Early,  €85 Late, €90 On-site if available

Aimed for all physicians who are involved or interested in pelvic floor disorders: colorectal surgeons, general surgeons, gastroenterologists, physiotherapists.

Course content

Practical session with live ultrasound is organised in order to provide the participants with hands-on experience in the basic use of US and is designed to closely discuss specific details of the Techniques. Imaging is gaining a key role in the understanding of pelvic floor disorders. Three-dimensional endoanal, endorectal and endovaginal ultrasonography, and dynamic transperineal US are nowadays increasingly used in clinical practice for patients suffering from pelvic floor dysfunctions (fecal and urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, obstructed defecation) and for patients with anal and rectal pathologies, either benign (anorectal sepsis) or malignant (anorectal tumors). These noninvasive techniques not only provide a superior depiction of the pelvic anatomy but also yield unique dynamic information.

This course is designed to give participants an overview of the techniques and image interpretation of anorectal and pelvic floor US and let them to understand the potential roles of US in improving the diagnosis and management of anorectal and PFD.

Learning objectives

To provide participants the basic knowledge on:

  • The normal US anatomy of the anorectal region and the pelvic floor.
  • The ultrasonographic imaging techniques (3D endoanal, endorectal, endovaginal and dynamic transperineal US).
  • The main guidelines and indications for the evaluation of faecal and urinary incontinence, anterior and posterior vaginal wall prolapse, obstructed defecation, anorectal fistulas and rectal tumours.

Course directors

Anders Mellgren (USA), Giulio A. Santoro (Italy)

Anders MellgrenGiulio Santoro

ESCP Affiliates