Neuroradiology head neck improve reporting of head and neck cancer imaging studies through familiarity with the ajcc tnm staging system the american college of radiology is accredited by the accreditation council for continuing medical education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Radiation to the head and neck for noncancerous conditions or cancer is a risk factor for cancer of the salivary glands 16 23 24 epstein barr virus infection infection with the epstein barr virus is a risk factor for nasopharyngeal cancer 25 and cancer of the salivary glands 26 27 . Introduction imaging in head and neck cancer has developed enormously over the last few decades advanced cross sectional imaging modalities allow accurate staging of disease and contribute significantly to management decisions and prognosis. It can detect head and neck cancer determine if it has spread assess the effectiveness of a treatment plan and determine if the cancer has returned after treatment chest imaging the most common place for head and neck cancer to spread to is the lungs. Posttreatment imaging of the patient treated for head and neck cancer is discussed with a review of imaging findings associated with surgical and irradiation treatment methods tumor recurrence and potential treatment complications
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