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World J Gastroenterol. Jan 14, 2015; 21(2): 423-431
Published online Jan 14, 2015. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i2.423
Magnetic resonance imaging based rectal cancer classification: Landmarks and technical standardization
Sami Alasari, Daero Lim, Nam Kyu Kim
Sami Alasari, Daero Lim, Nam Kyu Kim, Department of General Surgery, Section of Colorectal Surgery at Yonsei University, Severance Hospital, Seoul 120-527, South Korea
Author contributions: Alasari S contributed to design, data acquisition, conception, analysis and interpretation of data, writing the manuscript, maintaining the database, obtaining follow-up data, providing criticism, drafting and revising the manuscript critically for important intellectual content; Lim D contributed to design, data acquisition; Kim NK contributed to design, final approval of the version to be published and revising the article critically.
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Correspondence to: Nam Kyu Kim, MD, Professor, Chairman, Department of General Surgery, Section of Colorectal Surgery at Yonsei University, Severance Hospital, 250 seongsan-ro, seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-527, South Korea.
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Received: August 14, 2014
Peer-review started: August 14, 2014
First decision: September 27, 2014
Revised: October 12, 2014
Accepted: November 11, 2014
Article in press: November 11, 2014
Published online: January 14, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: We reviewed the current rectal cancer classification and we propose a new rectal cancer classification based on new radiological parameters that might lead to change in the future decision making and management. We provide a comparison between our new novel classification, Western and Japanese one.