M. Lell, Konstantinos Mantsopoulos, M. Uder
Feb 29, 2016
Tumors of the head and neck are predominantly squamous cell carcinomas and those of the salivary glands are predominantly adenocarcinomas, adenoid cystic carcinomas and mucoepidermoid carcinomas. In 2011 the incidence of tumors of the oral cavity and pharynx in Germany was 6839 (5026 male and 1813 female) and of the larynx 1878 (1642 male and 236 female). The incidence of tumors of the nose and paranasal sinuses (467) and salivary glands (470) were much lower (www.krebsdaten.de/abfrage). The primary aim of imaging in head and neck cancer is staging of the disease and a precise assessment of tumor invasion. This information is essential for therapy decision-making (i. e. surgery or radiochemotherapy), planning of the extent of resection and subsequent reconstructive measures and also estimation of functional deficits after therapy. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are the imaging modalities of choice but both have specific advantages and disadvantages. In certain cases both CT and MRI need to be performed for accurate treatment planning.