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Pancoast tumor: the role of magnetic resonance imaging

Guglielmo Manenti, Mario Raguso, Silvia D'Onofrio, Simone Altobelli, Angela Lia Scarano, Erald Vasili, Giovanni Simonetti
Case Reports in Radiology 2013, 2013: 479120
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We report imaging techniques in the definition of the therapeutic planning of a 65-year-old man with a diagnosis of Pancoast tumor. Computed Tomography has a pivotal role in the assessment of nodes involvement and distant metastasis. Magnetic Resonance allows a detailed study of locoregional extension for its high soft tissue resolution. We particularly highlight the actual importance of Magnetic Resonance Neurography, Diffusion-Weighted Imaging, and Magnetic Resonance Angiography techniques in the assessment of the superior sulcus vascular and nervous structures involvement. Their integrity has been showed in our patient with a complete surgical excision of the lesion.

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