European Radiology

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 125–138 | Cite as

Soft-tissue tumors update: MR imaging features according to the WHO classification

  • Joan C. VilanovaEmail author
  • Klaus Woertler
  • José A. Narváez
  • Joaquim Barceló
  • Salutario J. Martínez
  • Miguel Villalón
  • Josefina Miró


Soft-tissue tumors are a large and heterogeneous group of neoplasms. Hence, classification is often difficult. The most effective management decisions are made when a working group participates in the same diagnostic standard criteria in the evaluation of soft-tissue tumors. The purpose of this pictorial review is to highlight the new and the less well-known features on magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of soft-tissue tumors according to the World Health Organization (WHO) classification established in 2002. The article depicts the major changes of the WHO classification since it was established in 2002 and the most significant findings on MR imaging, thereby providing an update.


Soft tissues Classification Magnetic resonance imaging Neoplasms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joan C. Vilanova
    • 1
    Email author
  • Klaus Woertler
    • 2
  • José A. Narváez
    • 3
  • Joaquim Barceló
    • 1
  • Salutario J. Martínez
    • 4
  • Miguel Villalón
    • 1
  • Josefina Miró
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Magnetic ResonanceClínica GironaGironaSpain
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyTechnische Universität MunichMunichGermany
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyHospital Universitari de Bellvitge - IDI. Hospitalet de LlobregatBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  5. 5.Department of PathologyClínica GironaGironaSpain

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