What is the role of arteriography in the workup of tumors of the mediastinum?

Updated: Feb 16, 2021
  • Author: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Conventional angiography findings have been used to differentiate mediastinal masses from vascular abnormalities and to exhibit the relationship between known masses and adjacent vascular structures. It is useful in determining the vascularity of the structure and in assessing the need for preoperative embolization to reduce the size of the tumor and make the intervention safer.

MRI and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) are useful adjuncts in these cases.


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