What is the accuracy of radiography for the diagnosis of thoracic non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL)?

Updated: Mar 05, 2019
  • Author: Ali Nawaz Khan, MBBS, FRCS, FRCP, FRCR; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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As with any other anatomic imaging, the appearances of an anterior mediastinal mass and many of the lung/pleural lesions are nonspecific, with a wide differential diagnosis. Differentiation between benign and malignant lesions may not be possible. CT scanning is superior to radiography for depicting calcification and obliteration of fat planes, mediastinal lymphadenopathy, and bone erosions. Most patients with anterior mediastinal masses are referred for a CT scan. PET/CT scanning may be more commonly used depending on availability.


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