Esophageal cancer CT
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American Roentgen Ray Society Images of Esophageal cancer CT
Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Hadeel Maksoud M.D.
CT scan may be used for staging of esophageal cancer. Findings on CT scan suggestive of esophageal cancer include eccentric or circumferential wall thickening, or peri-esophageal soft tissue and fat stranding.
- For initial staging of esophageal cancer, CT may be used concomitantly with endoscopic ultrasound or positive emission tomography.
- CT is used to determine the presence of metastatic disease, particularly within stage IV of the disease.
- CT can detect the following features:
- Eccentric or circumferential wall thickening >5 mm
- Peri-esophageal soft tissue and fat stranding
- Dilated fluid and debris filling the esophageal lumen
- Tracheobronchial invasion
- Aortic invasion
|Detection of celiac lymph node metastases||50%||83%|
|Detection of regional lymph node metastases||42%||93%|
- ↑ Erasmus JJ, Munden RF (2007). "The role of integrated computed tomography positron-emission tomography in esophageal cancer: staging and assessment of therapeutic response". Semin Radiat Oncol. 17 (1): 29–37. doi:10.1016/j.semradonc.2006.09.005. PMID 17185195.