La radiologia medica

, Volume 118, Issue 1, pp 123–139 | Cite as

CT-MR integrated diagnostic imaging of the oral cavity: neoplastic disease

  • S. MazziottiEmail author
  • G. Ascenti
  • E. Scribano
  • A. Mileto
  • S. Racchiusa
  • C. Visalli
  • I. Salamone
  • S. Vinci
  • A. Blandino
Head and Neck Radiology / Radiologia della Testa e del Collo


The oral cavity is a complex anatomical region consisting of different anatomical sites and subsites. Cancer undoubtedly represents the most frequent and relevant disease of this region. Clinical examination is often the first approach to oral cavity tumours. Cross-sectional computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) play a key role in staging locoregional disease by demonstrating submucosal spread and involvement of deep layers; evaluation of specific pathways of spread to peculiar anatomical subsites is also fundamental information that can be obtained with these techniques. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate CT and MRI findings of anatomical subsites involved by tumours of the oral cavity.


Oral cavity Neoplasm Computed tomography Magnetic resonance imaging 

Diagnostica integrata TC e RM del cavo orale: la patologia neoplastica


Il cavo orale rappresenta una regione anatomica complessa, nella cui costituzione rientrano differenti aree e logge. Nell’ambito di tale distretto la patologia neoplastica rappresenta certamente l’evento più frequente e di maggiore rilevanza. L’approccio iniziale alle neoplasie del cavo orale è quasi sempre rappresentato dall’esame clinico. L’imaging panesplorante ottenuto con tomografia computerizzata (TC) e risonanza magnetica (RM) assume un ruolo fondamentale nella stadiazione locoregionale di malattia, dimostrando la possibile estensione sottomucosa e il coinvolgimento dei piani profondi; fondamentale è inoltre l’informazione ottenibile con tali indagini relativamente alla identificazione di peculiari vie di diffusione in alcune particolari sub-sedi anatomiche. Scopo del lavoro è illustrare i rilievi di semeiotica TC e RM nelle neoplasie del cavo orale relativamente al coinvolgimento delle diverse sub-sedi anatomiche.

Parole chiave

Cavo orale Neoplasia Tomografia computerizzata Risonanza magnetica 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Mazziotti
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • G. Ascenti
    • 1
  • E. Scribano
    • 1
  • A. Mileto
    • 1
  • S. Racchiusa
    • 1
  • C. Visalli
    • 1
  • I. Salamone
    • 1
  • S. Vinci
    • 1
  • A. Blandino
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze Radiologiche, Policlinico “G. Martino”Università degli Studi di MessinaMessinaItaly
  2. 2.MessinaItaly

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