Evaluation of cervical lymph nodes in head and neck cancer with CT and MRI: Tips, traps, and a systematic approach

Jenny K. Hoang, Jyotsna Vanka, Benjamin J. Ludwig, Christine M. Glastonbury

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE. In this article, we present a 4-step approach to evaluating lymph nodes in the setting of head and neck squamous cell and thyroid carcinoma and highlight important tips and traps. CONCLUSION. The presence and extent of nodal metastases in head and neck cancer has a great impact on treatment and prognosis. Pretreatment CT and MRI of the neck are commonly performed to evaluate for nodal metastases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)W17-W25
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Volume200
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CT
  • Cervical lymph nodes
  • Head and neck
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Squamous cell carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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