Benign bone tumors and tumor-like lesions: value of cross-sectional imaging


This article reviews the role of CT and MR imaging in the diagnosis of benign bone tumors and tumor-like lesions of bone with with regard to differential diagnosis, the assessment of tumor-related complications, and the detection of postoperative recurrence. Indications for cross-sectional imaging of specific lesions, including osteoid osteoma, osteoblastoma, enchondroma, osteochondroma, intraosseous lipoma, hemangioma, giant cell tumor, aneurysmal bone cyst, simple bone cyst, and eosinophilic granuloma, are discussed, and advantages and disadvantages of the different imaging modalities are illustrated on the basis of pathologically confirmed cases.

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Woertler, K. Benign bone tumors and tumor-like lesions: value of cross-sectional imaging. Eur Radiol 13, 1820–1835 (2003).

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  • Bone neoplasms
  • Diagnosis
  • Computed tomography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging