Diagnostic Imaging and workup of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma.

Diagnostic Imaging and workup of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma.

Authors

  • Luciano Cardinale Department of Radiology, S. Luigi Hospital, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
  • Francesco Ardissone Department of Oncology, Unit of Thoracic Surgery, S. Luigi Hospital, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
  • Dario Gned Department of Radiology, S. Luigi Hospital, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
  • Nicola Sverzellati Department of Clinical Sciences, Section of Radiology, University of Parma, Parma, Italy
  • Edoardo Piacibello Department of Radiology, S. Luigi Hospital, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
  • Andrea Veltri Department of Radiology, S. Luigi Hospital, University of Turin, Turin, Italy

Keywords:

Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Computed Tomography, Video assisted Thoracic Surgery, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Thoracic Ultrasound, Positron-emission tomography

Abstract

Malignant pleural mesothelioma is the most frequent primary neoplasm of the pleura and its incidence is still increasing.

This tumor has a strong association with exposure to occupational or environmental asbestos, often after a long latent period of 30–40 years.

Plain chest radiography (CXR) is usually the first-line radiologic examination, but the radiographic findings are nonspecific due to its limited contrast resolution and they need to be complemented by other imaging modalities such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance Imaging (MRI), Positron emission tomography–computed tomography (PET-CT) and ultrasound (US).

The aim of this paper is to describe the imaging  features of this malignancy, underlining the peculiarity of CXR, CT, MRI, PET-CT and US and also focusing on diagnostic workup, based on the literature evidence and according to our experience.

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Published

23-08-2017

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Diagnostic Imaging and workup of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma. Acta Biomed [Internet]. 2017 Aug. 23 [cited 2024 Jun. 24];88(2):134-42. Available from: https://www.mattioli1885journals.com/index.php/actabiomedica/article/view/5558