We aim to review the imaging appearance of primary bony tumors of the spine and simulating lesions. Benign bone tumors commonly appear as well-circumscribed, slow-growing lesions with a calcified or sclerotic matrix. Malignancy is often aggressive permeative lesions with bone destruction, cortical invasion and associated soft-tissue mass. CT is an excellent imaging modality for characterization of the tumor matrix, exact location, extension and osseous changes, while MR imaging is superior for evaluation of the associated soft-tissue mass, bone marrow infiltration and intraspinal extension. There is a spectrum of pseudotumors that may also involve the spine. The imaging appearance of primary spinal bone tumor in conjunction with the patient’s age, gender and lesion location allows a high percentage of correct diagnosis. Imaging plays an important role in diagnosis, characterization and extension of bone tumors of the spine which will help guide therapy.El texto completo de este artículo está disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Spine, Tumor, Bony, Imaging