Imaging of the Retroperitoneum

Ajit H. Goenka, Shetal N. Shah, Erick M. Remer

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The retroperitoneum is the compartmentalized space bounded anteriorly by the posterior parietal peritoneum and posteriorly by the transversalis fascia. It extends from the diaphragm superiorly to the pelvic brim inferiorly. This article discusses clinically relevant anatomy of the abdominal retroperitoneal spaces, their cross-sectional imaging evaluation with computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, and the imaging features of common retroperitoneal pathologic processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-355
Number of pages23
JournalRadiologic Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Multidetector computed tomography
  • Neoplasms
  • Retroperitoneal fibrosis
  • Retroperitoneal space
  • Sarcoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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