Imaging and staging of bone and soft tissue tumors: Fundamental concepts

Mark J. Kransdorf, Mark D. Murphey

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The radiologic evaluation of musculoskeletal tumors has undergone dramatic evolution with the advent of computer-assisted imaging; specifically, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Despite the use of these sophisticated imaging modalities, the objectives of initial radiologic evaluation remain unchanged: detecting the suspected lesion, establishing a diagnosis, or, when a definitive diagnosis is not possible, formulating an appropriate differential diagnosis, and determining the radiologic staging of the lesion [1]. As a detailed discussion of all bone and soft tissue tumors is well beyond the scope of this review, we will highlight fundamental principles that should serve as a guide to the initial evaluation and staging of primary musculoskeletal neoplasms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMusculoskeletal Diseases 2013-2016
Subtitle of host publicationDiagnostic Imaging and Interventional Techniques
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Milan
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9788847052925
ISBN (Print)9788847052918
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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