Which imaging studies are used in in the diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma (Hodgkin disease)?

Updated: Sep 12, 2018
  • Author: Bradley W Lash, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Imaging studies include the following:

  • Plain radiographs: Measurement of mediastinal mass in relationship to thoracic diameter on posteroanterior and lateral chest radiographs remains the gold standard

  • Computed tomography: Chest radiography has been largely replaced by CT scanning; on CT scans of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis, possible abnormal findings include enlarged lymph nodes, hepatomegaly and/or splenomegaly, lung nodules or infiltrates, and pleural effusions

  • Positron emission tomography: Considered essential to the initial staging of Hodgkin lymphoma

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