The primary goal of this exhibit is to show that radiologists,
when facing superficial soft-tissue lesions,
by systematically using clinical history,
lesion location and imaging characteristics on magnetic resonance,
can help narrowing the differential diagnosis in an important subset of cases.
Soft-tissue arises from the mesenchyme,
which differentiates during development to become fat,
and fibrous tissue. Soft-tissue tumors are histologically classified on the basis of the component that comprises the lesion,
ranging from non-neoplastic conditions to benign and malignant tumors. Presently,
imaging shows limited ability to distinguish benign from malignant soft-tissue lesions reliably,
given their variety and the overlap of their...
Findings and procedure details
Presentation of a series of cases of benign and malignant superficial soft tissue tumors examined on our service,
including cases of fibrosarcoma,
merkel cell carcinoma,
squamous cell carcinoma,
neurofibroma and others,
with analysis of the following characteristics: MRI imaging pattern,
site of the lesion,
specific location of the lesion within the superficial tissue; along with a review of the recent literature pointing out the most...
Despite superficial soft-tissue tumor`s wide variety and their overlapping imaging characteristics,
by considering some aspects like patient’s age,
anatomic site of the mass and the specific location of the mass within the superficial tissue,
the radiologist can help narrowing the list of differential diagnosis,
and in some cases determine the correct one,
therefore avoiding unnecessary invasive procedures.
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