Radiologic diagnosis and staging of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

M. T. Madison, K. B. Remley, Richard E Latchaw, S. L. Mitchell

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The predominant extracranial head and neck cancer in adults is squamous cell carcinoma. The purpose of this article is to discuss the radiographic evaluation of these patients with computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) imaging prior to therapeutic intervention. Specific focus is given to the efficacy of CT and MR imaging, as an adjunct to clinical staging, for evaluation of the primary tumor, and metastatic adenopathy. MR imaging, because of its improved soft tissue contrast and multiplanar capability is probably superior to CT for evaluation of the primary tumor in patients with squamous cell carcinoma. CT, however, remains the gold standard for identifying metastatic adenopathy and in most institutions remains the study of choice for evaluating this patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-181
Number of pages19
JournalRadiologic Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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