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Role of MDCT in staging renal tumors

Dear readers,

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) TNM system is commonly recognized as the standard tool for classifying renal cancer. TNM staging criteria are based on the use of multidetector computed tomography (MDCT), which has become the most reliable imaging modality applied to staging. The high accuracy and sensitivity of this investigation and its high-resolution protocols are essential for the rigorous detection, characterization and classification of renal tumors as well as for subsequent treatment planning and evaluation.

The role of MDCT in the diagnosis and staging of renal tumors is the topic of this month’s Focus on, in which Prof. Laghi provides specific information on the MDCT protocol and parameters, on the principles utilized for TNM classification, and on treatment planning. Moreover, the selected e-book’s chapter herein proposed offers a comprehensive description of renal tumor detection and staging methods, with an emphasis on MDCT. Finally, the two clinical cases present typical examples of the TNM system applied to real-life practice based on MDCT utilization.

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From the team 



CT staging and treatment planning of renal tumors
N. Panvini, D. Caruso, T. Biondi, A. Laghi

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