Urolithiasis is a universal problem that has become increasingly prevalent in the United States and has a high rate of recurrence. Imaging of urolithiasis has evolved over the years due to technologic advances and a better understanding of the disease process. Computed tomography (CT) has been the investigation of choice for the evaluation of urinary stone disease. The emergence of multidetector CT and the recent introduction of dual-energy CT have further reinforced the superiority of this modality over other imaging techniques in the management of urolithiasis. Multidetector CT is not limited to simply helping make an accurate diagnosis in patients with stone disease; it is also useful in the assessment of stone burden, composition, and fragility, findings that are helpful in determining appropriate treatment strategies. In addition, multidetector CT is a valuable tool in the follow-up of patients after urologic intervention or institution of medical therapy. Familiarity with recent technologic developments will help radiologists meet the growing expectations of urologists in this setting. In addition, radiologists should be aware of the radiation risks inherent in the imaging of patients with urolithiasis and take appropriate measures to minimize this risk and optimize image quality. (C) RSNA, 2010 .radiographics.rsna.org
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