Рентгенология & Радиология, 2010, XLІХ 179-189

Diagnostic imaging of lymphomas in pediatric patients

A. Petrova

Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy,
Medical University – Plovdiv

Abstract.

Lymphoma is the third most common malignancy in children, after leukemias and brain tumors, most commonly during early childhood before 14 years. In definite stages cancer can engage all organs and systems. These conditions associate with immunodeficiency, increased susceptibility to infections and second neoplasms. The social importance of the problem requires early diagnosis, accurate staging, and assessment of the treatment and determination of the risk for relapse of the disease. The aim of the present review is to represent the role of the modern methods of diagnostic imaging – ultrasonograhy (US), Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emisson Tomography (PET) scan in the process of diagnostics, in the decision of therapeutic strategy and the follow-up of children with lymphomas.

Key words:

LYMPHOMA. HODGKIN DISEASE. NON-HODGKIN . US. CT. MRI. PET