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Imaging techniques for the diagnosis of soft tissue tumors

Authors Afonso D, Mascarenhas V

Received 15 September 2014

Accepted for publication 20 December 2014

Published 30 April 2015 Volume 2015:8 Pages 63—70


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Peer reviewer comments 4

Editor who approved publication: Professor Tarik Massoud

P Diana Afonso,1,2 VV Mascarenhas2

1Department of Radiology, Hospital Beatriz Angelo, Loures, 2Department of Radiology, Hospital da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal

Abstract: The primary aim in soft tissue tumor imaging should be to reach a specific diagnosis or to narrow the differential diagnosis, and to help to decide whether biopsy, surgical intervention, or simple observation is required for further management. In addition to contributing toward diagnosis, imaging has an important role in the staging of soft tissue malignancies and potentially in response assessment. This general review article highlights a rational diagnostic imaging approach to patients presenting with soft tissue tumors, emphasizing the fundamental principles inherent to soft tissue tumor imaging and diagnosis.

Keywords: soft tissue tumors, ultrasound, CT, PET, MRI

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