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How does a soft tissue sarcoma appear on an x-ray?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: Rarely.

If you are talking about a plain, standard, old-fashioned x-ray, soft tissue sarcoma rarely appears because these types of x-rays are really designed to evaluate bones.
Soft tissue sarcomas are usually fleshy and better evaluated with ct scans (a different kind of x-ray), or mri. Sarcoma that has spread to the lungs can be see on a plain chest x-ray thought.

In brief: Rarely.

If you are talking about a plain, standard, old-fashioned x-ray, soft tissue sarcoma rarely appears because these types of x-rays are really designed to evaluate bones.
Soft tissue sarcomas are usually fleshy and better evaluated with ct scans (a different kind of x-ray), or mri. Sarcoma that has spread to the lungs can be see on a plain chest x-ray thought.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: It usually doesn't

You usually do not see a soft tissue sarcoma on x-ray.
At most, you may see some "extra" soft tissue. A type of sarcoma, synovial sarcoma, may have soft tissue calcifications in it. But overall, MRI is the modality of choice for imaging a soft tissue sarcoma. After mri, you need a biopsy to prove that it is a sarcoma.

In brief: It usually doesn't

You usually do not see a soft tissue sarcoma on x-ray.
At most, you may see some "extra" soft tissue. A type of sarcoma, synovial sarcoma, may have soft tissue calcifications in it. But overall, MRI is the modality of choice for imaging a soft tissue sarcoma. After mri, you need a biopsy to prove that it is a sarcoma.
Dr. Ilya Iofin
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Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: MRI scan best

The best imaging studies for soft tissue sarcomas are MRI scans.
Sarcomas have a very distinctive appearance on MRI scans, usually almost diagnostic.

In brief: MRI scan best

The best imaging studies for soft tissue sarcomas are MRI scans.
Sarcomas have a very distinctive appearance on MRI scans, usually almost diagnostic.
Dr. Eric Whitman
Dr. Eric Whitman
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