Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a rare tumor arising from the pleural mesothelial cells. Imaging plays a crucial role in the diagnosis, staging, and management of patients with mesothelioma. Accurate staging to stratify patients into homogeneous groups is required to evaluate the effectiveness of multimodality therapeutic regimens. CT and PET/CT are recommended for the initial staging of MPM. MRI adds value to further assess invasion of the tumor into the diaphragm, chest wall, and mediastinum. This review will discuss pearls and pitfalls in the imaging of mesothelioma with emphasis on the roles of CT, MRI, and PET/CT.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging