Spinal metastases: multimodality imaging in diagnosis and stereotactic body radiation therapy planning

Pejman Jabehdar Maralani, Simon S. Lo, Kristin Redmond, Hany Soliman, Sten Myrehaug, Zain A. Husain, Chinthaka Heyn, Anish Kapadia, Aimee Chan, Arjun Sahgal

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Abstract

Due to increased effectiveness of cancer treatments and increasing survival rates, metastatic disease has become more frequent compared to the past, with the spine being the most common site of bony metastases. Diagnostic imaging is an integral part of screening, diagnosis and follow-up of spinal metastases. In this article, we review the principles of multimodality imaging for tumor detection with respect to their value for diagnosis and stereotactic body radiation therapy planning for spinal metastases. We will also review the current international consensus agreement for stereotactic body radiation therapy planning, and the role of imaging in achieving the best possible treatment plan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-91
Number of pages15
JournalFuture Oncology
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2017

Keywords

  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • PET
  • SBRT
  • SPECT
  • bone scan
  • metastasis
  • scintigraphy
  • spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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