Which imaging studies are performed in the workup of suspected non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL)?

Updated: Feb 25, 2021
  • Author: Sanjay Vinjamaram, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Imaging tests

The following imaging studies should be obtained in a patient suspected of having NHL:

  • Chest radiography

  • Upper GI series with small bowel follow-through: In patients with head and neck involvement and those with a GI primary lesion

  • CT scanning of the neck, chest, abdomen, and pelvis

  • PET scanning

  • Bone scanning: Only in patients with bone pain, elevated alkaline phosphatase, or both

  • Testicular ultrasonography: For opposite testis in male patients with a testicular primary lesion

  • Multiple gated acquisition (MUGA) scanning: For patients being considered for treatment with anthracyclines

  • MRI of brain/spinal cord: For suspected primary CNS lymphoma, lymphomatous meningitis, paraspinal lymphoma, or vertebral body involvement by lymphoma


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