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Postoperative and Postradiation Head and Neck: Role of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Moore, Andreea G. MD; Srinivasan, Ashok MD

Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: February 2015 - Volume 24 - Issue 1 - p 3–13
doi: 10.1097/RMR.0000000000000042
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Interpretation of head and neck imaging after treatment for malignancy poses a challenge even for the experienced neuroradiologist. While computed tomography is often the preferred modality for assessment of the head and neck due to its faster acquisition, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is superior in the evaluation of nasopharyngeal, sinonasal and skull base tumors. In this article, we review pretherapy imaging protocols, common surgical approaches and reconstructions, postsurgical and postradiation MRI appearance and complications, MRI criteria for tumor recurrence and clinical applications of advanced MRI techniques as applicable to head and neck tumors.

From the Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Reprints: Ashok Srinivasan, MD, University of Michigan Health System Ann Arbor, MI (e-mail:

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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