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Turkish Journal of Cancer
1993, Volume 23, Number 4, Page(s) 172-177
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Values of magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography and ultrasonography in the staging of malignant lymphomas
CAVİT ÇEHRELİ1, BÜLENT ÜNDAR1, NURULLAH AKKOÇ1, DİNÇ ÖZAKSOY2, İLHAN ÖZTOP1, MEHMET ALAKAVUKLAR1, İLHAMİ KOVANLIKAYA2, TUĞRUL PIRNAR2
Departments of 1Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology, 2Radiology, Dokuz Eylül University Medical School, İzmir-Turkey

Nineteen patients with malignant lymphomas (9 patients with Hodgkin’s disease and 10 patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas) were staged by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT) and abdominal ultrasonography (USG). Results of these imaging methods were compared with the clinical findings and in some cases with staging Iaparotomy. MRI was found to be the best imaging method in distinguishing lymphadenopathy (LAP) from fat, muscular tissues or vascular structures. Upper USG showed similar diagnostic capability to CT in visualizing upper abdominal LAP, but was less sensitive in detecting pelvic lymph nodes than CT or MRI. Liver and spleen involvement were documented in two of five patients by staging laparotomy in whom MRI, CT and USG failed to show any abnormality. Our results suggest that staging laparotomy is superior to all of the imaging methods in detecting organ involvement.

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