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Case Reports in Radiology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 479120, 5 pages
Case Report

Pancoast Tumor: The Role of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Molecular Imaging, Interventional Radiology and Radiation Therapy, Policlinico Tor Vergata, Viale Oxford 81, 00133 Rome, Italy

Received 19 February 2013; Accepted 13 March 2013

Academic Editors: Y. Fukukura, P. García González, L. Lampmann, and D. P. Link

Copyright © 2013 Guglielmo Manenti 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.


We report imaging techniques in the definition of the therapeutic planning of a 65-year-old man with a diagnosis of Pancoast tumor. Computed Tomography has a pivotal role in the assessment of nodes involvement and distant metastasis. Magnetic Resonance allows a detailed study of locoregional extension for its high soft tissue resolution. We particularly highlight the actual importance of Magnetic Resonance Neurography, Diffusion-Weighted Imaging, and Magnetic Resonance Angiography techniques in the assessment of the superior sulcus vascular and nervous structures involvement. Their integrity has been showed in our patient with a complete surgical excision of the lesion.