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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33

Imaging of Cystic and Cyst-like Lesions of the Mediastinum with Pathologic Correlation

1 Department of Radiology, Selcuk University, Meram School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
2 Oncology Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
3 Department of Thoracic Surgery, Selcuk University, Meram School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

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Kemal Odev
Selcuk University Meram School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, 42080 Konya
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2156-7514.97750

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Cystic masses of the mediastinum are a heterogenous group of asymptomatic or symptomatic, congenital, infectious, or neoplastic lesions. For early and correct diagnosis, evaluation, and optimal patient management of cystic mediastinal masses in infants, children, or adults imaging plays an important role. A non-invasive and sensitive imaging modality is an efficient and cost-effective tool. Multidetector computed tomography (MDTC) with volumetric acquisition provides fast acquisition of high resolution images and muitiplanar reconstruction. Both 2D and 3D imaging in mediastinal imaging help in surgical planning and assessing resectability of mediastinal lesions. MR imaging has many advantages over other modalities for detecting and identifying cystic, or fluid-filled mediastinal masses, because of its intrinsic high soft tissue contrast and direct multiplanar imaging capabilities. However, histological tissue analysis may be required to differentiate a cystic lesion from other cyst-like or low-attenuation lesions.

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