The clinical evaluation of bone tumors

Tessa Balach, G. Scott Stacy, Terrance D. Peabody*

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Bone tumors are uncommon clinical entities that are often a source of diagnostic and therapeutic uncertainty. Evaluating these lesions starts with a patient history and physical examination Imaging then begins with radiographs, followed by advanced imaging modalities, such as magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, or bone scan. Biopsy can be performed to establish histologic diagnosis by either closed or open means. Treatment options range from observation to wide resection with reconstruction or amputation. Surveillance schedules vary depending on the type of tumor that is being treated. An algorithm for the evaluation, work-up, and diagnosis of bone tumors is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1079-1093
Number of pages15
JournalRadiologic clinics of North America
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011


  • Benign
  • Bone tumor
  • Evaluation
  • Extremity
  • Malignant
  • Sarcoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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