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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 240281, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/2012/240281
Review Article

Imaging Review of Skeletal Tumors of the Pelvis Malignant Tumors and Tumor Mimics

1Department of Radiology, University of MI, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, TC-2910, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0326, USA
2Department of Radiology, Henderson General Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University, 711 Concession Street E, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8V 1C3

Received 11 October 2011; Accepted 30 November 2011

Academic Editor: Cristiano Amarelli

Copyright © 2012 Gandikota Girish 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

Malignant lesions of the pelvis are not uncommon and need to be differentiated from benign lesions and tumor mimics. Appearances are sometimes nonspecific leading to consideration of a broad differential diagnosis. Clinical history, anatomic location, and imaging characterization can help narrow the differential diagnosis. The focus of this paper is to demonstrate the imaging features and the role of plain films, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging for detecting and characterizing malignant osseous pelvic lesions and their common mimics.