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MR and PET/CT imaging in diagnosis of large pelvic masses

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Discuss possible causes of pelvic masses in female patients.

Discuss utility and clinical applications of MRI combined with PET/CT in the management of these patients.

Illustrate cases presented as large pelvic masses, of gynaecological and non gynaecological origin.

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MRI and PET/CT techniques.

Causes of pelvic masses in female patients.

Specific MRI and PET/CT findings.

Sample cases and mimics.


The combined or isolated use of MR and PET / CT demonstrated to be useful in detecting gynaecological pathologies and in most cases it also allowed the identification of the organ of origin, extent and staging of the lesion.

PET / CT is a useful tool in cases where the assessment of MR is not enough.

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Correspondence to S De Luca.

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De Luca, S., Grana, M., Vañek, E.C. et al. MR and PET/CT imaging in diagnosis of large pelvic masses. Cancer Imaging 15 (Suppl 1), P48 (2015).

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