Imaging modalities including radiography, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are necessary for the diagnosis of bone and soft tissue tumors. The history of imaging began with the discovery of X-rays in the 19th century. The development of CT, MRI, ultrasonography, and positron emission tomography (PET) have improved the management of bone and soft tissue tumors. X-ray imaging and CT scans enable the evaluation of bone destruction, periosteal reaction, sclerotic changes in lesions, condition of cortical bone, and ossification. MRI enables the assessment of tissue characteristics, tumor extent, and the reactive areas. Functional imaging modalities including 201thallium (201Tl) scintigraphy can be used to differentiate benign lesions from malignant lesions and to assess chemotherapeutic effects. Real-time assessment of soft tissue tumors by ultrasonography enables accurate and safe performance of surgery and biopsy. This article describes useful imaging modalities and characteristic findings in the management of bone and soft tissue tumors.
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