CT and MRI in Ovarian Carcinoma

  • Rosemarie ForstnerEmail author
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Primary ovarian cancer is categorized as surface epithelial cancer, germ cell tumors, and sex cord stromal tumors.Epithelial ovarian cancer is now understood as a spectrum of different cancer entities that vary considerably on a clinicopathological and molecular level.Disseminated peritoneal spread and ascites is typical of the most common cancer type, high grade serous ovarian cancer. Other cancer subtypes may show distinct features in imaging.CT and MRI are usually complementary techniques to ultrasonography to furtherassess indeterminate or frankly malignant ovarian lesions. In the latter CT is the imaging modality of choice for triaging patients with ovarian cancer. MRI is emerging as a new technique to assess peritoneal spread and is superior to CT in lesion characterization.This chapter will make familiar with recent concepts in ovarian cancer. Typical imaging findings and differential diagnostic aspects of various types of ovarian malignancies as well as the update of the FIGO staging classification and respectability criteria will be covered.



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  1. 1.Salzburger Landeskliniken, Paracelsus Medical UniversityMüllner Hauptstr. 48Austria

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