Both CT and MRI may play an important role in the initial assessment and subsequent management of patients with gynecologic cancer. The different capabilities of these examinations make the choice of test dependent on what portion of the body is visualized (e.g., chest, upper abdomen, or pelvis) and what information is sought. Body imaging can be scheduled appropriately when the findings from the study will have a significant impact on patient management (e.g., operative versus nonoperative management, selection of treating physician, and initial modality of treatment). However, the limitations of each modality must be appreciated. In general, a negative CT or MRI will not exclude the possibility of small volume disease involvement, and a critical positive study should, when practical, be histologically confirmed. Neither test stands alone, but each plays a role when integrated with careful clinical history, physical examination, and other laboratory and radiologic examinations.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|State||Published - 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology