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Cross-sectional Imaging of Parotid Gland Nodules: A Brief Practical Guide

Giuseppe CiceroTommaso D'angeloSergio RacchiusaIgnazio SalamoneCarmela VisalliAntonio BottariAlfredo BlandinoSilvio Mazziotti
Department of Biomedical Sciences and Morphological and Functional Imaging, University of Messina, Policlinico “G. Martino”, Messina, Italy
Date of Submission: 27-Jan-2018, Date of Acceptance: 12-Mar-2018, Date of Web Publication: 05-Apr-2018.
Corresponding Author:
Corresponding Author

Giuseppe Cicero

University of Messina, Via Consolare Valeria, 1,98100 Messina, Italy.
E-mail: gcicero87@gmail.com

Corresponding Author:
Corresponding Author

Giuseppe Cicero

University of Messina, Via Consolare Valeria, 1,98100 Messina, Italy.
E-mail: gcicero87@gmail.com

DOI: 10.4103/jcis.JCIS_8_18 Facebook Twitter Google Linkedin

ABSTRACT


Clinical evaluation and ultrasound examination are the first steps in the evaluation of a patient with a swelling of the parotid region. After the detection of a nodular lesion, cytological or histological confirmation is usually performed to achieve the diagnosis, while the choice of cross-sectional imaging (computed tomography scan and magnetic resonance imaging) may significantly vary from one physician to another, on the basis of the degree of confidence that both radiologist and surgeon have with this kind of imaging. This work focuses on some essential "reporting points" in cross-sectional imaging evaluation of parotid nodules, chiefly helpful to the radiologist when the ultrasonography assessment is considered incomplete and requires a further evaluation.
Keywords: Computed tomography, magnetic resonance, parotid gland nodules, ultrasonography

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