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Bone Marrow Research
Volume 2011, Article ID 583439, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/583439
Review Article

Multiple Myeloma: A Review of Imaging Features and Radiological Techniques

1Department of Radiology, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin 7, Ireland
2Department of Radiology, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, TX 77030, USA
3Department of Haematology, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin 7, Ireland

Received 13 December 2010; Revised 6 April 2011; Accepted 30 May 2011

Academic Editor: César O. Freytes

Copyright © 2011 C. F. Healy et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The recently updated Durie/Salmon PLUS staging system published in 2006 highlights the many advances that have been made in the imaging of multiple myeloma, a common malignancy of plasma cells. In this article, we shall focus primarily on the more sensitive and specific whole-body imaging techniques, including whole-body computed tomography, whole-body magnetic resonance imaging, and positron emission computed tomography. We shall also discuss new and emerging imaging techniques and future developments in the radiological assessment of multiple myeloma.