Head and Neck Sarcoma Tumor Board Survival Guide for Neuroradiologists: Imaging Findings, History, and Pathology

Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2023 Jul-Aug;52(4):275-288. doi: 10.1067/j.cpradiol.2023.01.006. Epub 2023 Jan 26.


Sarcomas of the head and neck carry a poor prognosis as diagnosis is often delayed until a late stage of the disease. Accordingly, it is essential to be familiar with the clinical and imaging features of sarcomas to suggest an appropriate differential diagnosis for collaborating surgeons and pathologists. However, as there are only 1000-1500 cases in the United States annually, many radiologists lack experience with pertinent imaging findings of sarcoma and lack knowledge of both treatment and necessary follow-up. In this review, a brief discussion of WHO definitions and histopathology is included to decode information provided by pathologists. Finally, staging and treatments are illuminated to aid the radiologist with initial imaging staging and follow-up care. This review aims to increase the comprehensive knowledge of a neuroradiologist and further their value to the multidisciplinary tumor board.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Head
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms* / diagnostic imaging
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Neck
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Sarcoma* / diagnostic imaging
  • Sarcoma* / therapy