Magnetic resonance imaging of malignant soft tissue neoplasms in the adult

Radiol Clin North Am. 2011 Nov;49(6):1219-34, vi. doi: 10.1016/j.rcl.2011.07.006.


This review addresses the spectrum of malignant soft tissue tumors frequently found in adults. Rather than presenting a complete review, the focus of this discussion is on common lesions or lesions in which the diagnosis may be suggested on the basis of imaging. Diagnoses covered include undifferentiated high-grade pleomorphic sarcoma, fibrosarcoma, dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, liposarcoma, synovial sarcoma, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor, clear cell sarcoma, hemangioendothelioma, hemangiopericytoma, angiosarcoma, and leiomyosarcoma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Contrast Media
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Gadolinium
  • Hemangioendothelioma / pathology
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement / methods
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Nerve Sheath Neoplasms / pathology
  • Sarcoma / pathology
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / pathology*


  • Contrast Media
  • Gadolinium