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Diagnostic imaging techniques in mediastinal malignancies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2839999     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Mediastinal masses occur in both men and women of every age, and close to half of affected patients are asymptomatic. Screening of asymptomatic persons is not economically feasible. Symptomatic patients should be evaluated initially with posteroanterior and lateral chest radiographs. Additional imaging techniques may be required in patients suspected of having a mediastinal mass, when there is a questionable abnormality seen on chest radiographs or when local or systemic symptoms suggest a mediastinal mass. These techniques include oblique views, over-penetrated radiographs, and fluoroscopy of the chest. Computerized tomography of the chest is the imaging modality of choice for further assessment of a mediastinal mass. It can also be an important adjunct in radiotherapy portal planning. The use of other imaging modalities depends on the location of the tumor, the equipment available, and the expertise of local radiologists. In following up treated patients for disease recurrence, periodic chest radiographs are usually sufficient. Computerized tomography scans, because of their expense, should only be obtained as a baseline after completion of therapy or in patients with a suspected relapse.
P Batra; K Brown; R Steckel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of surgery     Volume:  156     ISSN:  0002-9610     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Surg.     Publication Date:  1988 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-08-12     Completed Date:  1988-08-12     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370473     Medline TA:  Am J Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  4-10     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Radiological Sciences, UCLA School of Medicine 90024.
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MeSH Terms
Lymphatic Metastasis
Lymphoma / radiography
Mediastinal Neoplasms / radiography*
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal / radiography
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue / radiography
Thymoma / radiography
Thymus Neoplasms / radiography
Thyroid Neoplasms / radiography,  radionuclide imaging

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