Imaging of Oral Cancer

  • Peter Paul
  • Nilesh Sable
  • Supreeta AryaEmail author


Imaging in oral cavity cancers has received much attention in oncological practice in recent years as clinical examination fails to assess the deeper extent and spread of disease. The death rate of these cancers has been relatively high, particularity owing to presentation at a late stage in the course of disease. Clinical examination has paramount role in early detection as it allows direct visualization of subtle lesions, which cannot be perceived by imaging modalities. In established cases of oral cancer, imaging is needed to accurately evaluate the locoregional extent. Imaging provides guidance in deciding appropriate management strategy (single or multimodality), assessing resectability, and estimating precise extent of resection. The various imaging modalities and their role in the workup of oral cancers are discussed in this chapter, with emphasis on cross-sectional methods as these are routinely employed in staging and follow-up.


Imaging Squamous carcinoma Oral cavity Oral cancer Multidetector computed tomography MRI 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiodiagnosisTata Memorial HospitalMumbaiIndia

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