Ultrasonography for inguinal hernia: a pictorial review

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Wu W., Chang K., Lin C., Yeh C., Özçakar L.

Ultrasonography, vol.1, no.1, pp.1-2, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 1 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.14366/usg.21192
  • Journal Name: Ultrasonography
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-2
  • Keywords: Inguinal hernia, Ultrasonography, Groin, Hernia repair, Hernia recurrence, MANAGEMENT, PAIN
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Inguinal hernia is the most prevalent type of abdominal wall hernia. Indirect inguinal hernia is twice as common as direct inguinal hernia. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging can be used to evaluate inguinal hernia, but these modalities are greatly limited by their cost and availability. Ultrasonography has emerged as the most convenient imaging tool for diagnosing inguinal hernia due to its advantages, such as portability and absence of radiation. The present pictorial review presents an overview on the use of ultrasonography in the evaluation of inguinal hernia with a particular emphasis on the regional anatomy, relevant scanning tips, identification of subtypes, postoperative follow-up, and diagnosis of pathologies mimicking inguinal hernia.