Ovarian Cancer, the Revised FIGO Staging System, and the Role of Imaging

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2016 Jun;206(6):1351-60. doi: 10.2214/AJR.15.15199. Epub 2016 Apr 4.


Objective: It is now recognized that ovarian cancer includes a heterogeneous group of malignant epithelial tumors originating from the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or peritoneum. This development has prompted the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) to issue a revised staging system that can provide prognostic information and guidance on personalized management of ovarian cancer.

Conclusion: We review the epidemiology of ovarian cancer, the new FIGO staging system, and the role of imaging in the assessment, staging, and follow-up of ovarian cancer.

Keywords: International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO); ovarian cancer; staging.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler