The use of MRI in the diagnosis of benign and malignant bone and soft tissue tumours

HARRY J. GRIFFITHS, HOWARD R. GALLOWAY, Roby C Thompson, JIN‐SUCK ‐S SUH, THOMAS E. NELSON, Lenore I Everson, JAMES P. EDLIN, BRYAN J. LYNN, DAVID LANG

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Abstract

Two hundred and thirty four suspected primary bone and soft tissue tumours were investigated using plain films and MRI. The MR appearance of 200 of these tumours was assessed with respect to the intensity of the lesion, the homogeneity of the tumour, the presence or absence of a capsule or lobulation, whether the tumour was whorled or not and whether it contained either fluid or blood. Apart from benign lipomas and some malignant myxoid liposarcomas, however, it seemed virtually impossible to tell one tumour from another and in many cases to differentiate a benign lesion from a malignant tumour using MRI alone. We recommend that the workup of a suspected soft tissue tumour should be initially by MR scanning and that the workup of a suspected malignant bone tumour should be plain films followed by an MRI scan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-39
Number of pages5
JournalAustralasian Radiology
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1993

Keywords

  • Benign bone and soft tissue tumour
  • MRI assessment
  • Malignant bone and soft tissue tumour

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