Evaluation and staging of the neck in patients with malignant disease

Jonathan W. Shum, Eric J. Dierks

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

6 Scopus citations


This article presents an overview of the evaluation and staging of the neck in the context of malignant disease. The current tumor-nodes-metastasis (TNM) nodal classification is reviewed followed by a brief discussion of the common malignant processes encountered in the head and neck and their associated risk factors for cervical metastasis. Common imaging modalities, such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, Computed tomography, and positron emission tomography, for the investigation of the neck are also summarized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-221
Number of pages13
JournalOral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2014


  • Head and neck cancer
  • MRI
  • Neck evaluation
  • Neck imaging
  • Neck staging
  • PET
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


Dive into the research topics of 'Evaluation and staging of the neck in patients with malignant disease'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this