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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012, Article ID 290930, 10 pages
Review Article

Imaging Review of Skeletal Tumors of the Pelvis—Part I: Benign Tumors of the Pelvis

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

Received 10 October 2011; Accepted 12 January 2012

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.


The osseous pelvis is a well-recognized site of origin of numerous primary and secondary musculoskeletal tumors. The radiologic evaluation of a pelvic lesion often begins with the plain film and proceeds to computed tomography (CT), or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and possibly biopsy. Each of these modalities, with inherent advantages and disadvantages, has a role in the workup of pelvic osseous masses. Clinical history and imaging characteristics can significantly narrow the broad differential diagnosis for osseous pelvic lesions. The purpose of this review is to familiarize the radiologist with the presentation and appearance of some of the common benign neoplasms of the osseous pelvis and share our experience and approach in diagnosing these lesions.