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Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 61-63

Assessment of Neurovascular Involvement by Malignant Musculoskeletal Tumors

Department of Radiology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York 10021, NY, USA

Copyright © 1997 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 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.


Determining the presence or absence of neurovascular involvement by a malignant musculoskeletal neoplasm is an important aspect of local tumor staging. This article discusses issues concerning such assessments made by diagnostic imaging techniques, including factors inherent to the patient and those related to imaging technology. The distinction between tumor contact and tumor encasement is emphasized and illustrated.