Imaging in head and neck cancers: a review


  • Manish Munjal Department of ENTHNS, Dayanand Medical College Ludhiana, Punjab, India
  • Shubham Munjal Department of ENTHNS, Dayanand Medical College Ludhiana, Punjab, India
  • Vanshika Saggar Department of Dental Surgery, BJS Dental College Ludhiana, Punjab, India
  • Hardeep Kaur Department of ENTHNS, Dayanand Medical College Ludhiana, Punjab, India
  • Vineeta Arora Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital Ludhiana, Punjab, India
  • Lovleen Sandhu Department of ENTHNS, Dayanand Medical College Ludhiana, Punjab, India
  • Iti Bharadwaj Department of ENTHNS, Dayanand Medical College Ludhiana, Punjab, India
  • Anurima Arora Department of ENTHNS, Dayanand Medical College Ludhiana, Punjab, India
  • Devambika Mehta Department of ENTHNS, Dayanand Medical College Ludhiana, Punjab, India
  • Anjana Pillai Department of Dental Surgery, BJS Dental College Ludhiana, Punjab, India



Head-neck, Neoplasia, USG, CT scan, MRI, PET


Imaging plays a vital role in the diagnosis, therapeutics-surgical or radiotherapy and prognostication of malignancies of the head and neck region. Imaging may range from simple plain radiography of the neck and the sinuses depicting mouse nibbled features of bone erosion and encroachment of air shadows, to functional imaging that analyses the metabolic status of the cancerous bed. Contrast enhancement further can delineate the vascularity of the lesion. Different imaging modalities are employed to study the various sites and sub-sites of the face and the neck to pick up the extent of infiltration into the tissues in their vicinity.


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