Imaging of female pelvic malignancies regarding MRI, CT, and PET/CT

Part 1
  • Kerstin A. BrockerEmail author
  • Celine D. Alt
  • Michael Eichbaum
  • Christof Sohn
  • Hans-Ulrich Kauczor
  • Peter Hallscheidt
Review Article


The goal of this article is to provide an overview of diagnostic standard operating procedures for both clinical and imaging assessment of cervical and endometrial carcinoma, sarcoma of the uterus, and primary pelvic non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.


The literature was reviewed for methods used to diagnose malignancies in the female pelvis with a special focus on the role of MRI as the imaging method of choice. Furthermore, CT findings and staging criteria for the mentioned malignancies are also provided.


Whereas ultrasound still remains the imaging modality of choice in clinical practice for the early diagnosis of female pelvic malignancies, MRI is more frequently recognized as a diagnostic tool for its accuracy in tumor identification. MRI also plays a crucial role in the 3D pretreatment planning for brachytherapy especially in cervical cancer. In the future, PET/CT might achieve an important role for staging lymph nodes or distant metastases as well as tumor recurrence.

Key Words

Cervical carcinoma Endometrial carcinoma Uterine sarcoma Pelvic non-Hodgkin lymphoma MRI CT PET/CT 

Bildgebung weiblicher Beckentumoren unter Berücksichtigung von MRT, CT und PET/CT: Teil 1


Überblick über den aktuellen Stand der bildgebenden Diagnostik des Zervix- und des Endometriumkarzinoms, des Uterussarkoms und des primären Non-Hodgkin-Lymphoms des Beckens.


Durchsicht der Fachliteratur und Erstellung einer Übersicht der Diagnostik weiblicher Beckentumoren mittels MRT und CT sowie PET/CT mit Bildbeispielen unter Einschluss der tumorbezogenen Staging-Kriterien sowie empfohlenen MRT-Sequenzen.


Im klinischen Alltag ist der Ultraschall für die Primärdiagnostik weiblicher Beckentumoren bildgebendes Verfahren der Wahl, wobei die MRT durch den hohen Weichteilkontrast einen zunehmenden Stellenwert als bildgebendes Verfahren zur Tumordetektion besitzt. Auch für die prätherapeutische 3D-Bestrahlungsplanung insbesondere des Zervixkarzinomes spielt die MRT eine wichtige Rolle. Die PET/CT erscheint zunehmend relevanter im Lymphknotenstaging sowie in der Detektion von Fernmetastasen und in der Rezidivdiagnostik.


Zervixkarzinom Endometriumkarzinom Uterussarkom Non-Hodgkin-Lymphom des Beckens MRT CT PET/CT 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kerstin A. Brocker
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Celine D. Alt
    • 2
  • Michael Eichbaum
    • 1
  • Christof Sohn
    • 1
  • Hans-Ulrich Kauczor
    • 2
  • Peter Hallscheidt
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical SchoolUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Medical SchoolUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Medical SchoolUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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