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 . 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. The three main types of treatment for managing head and neck cancer are radiation therapy surgery and chemotherapy the optimal combination of the three treatment modalities for a patient with a particular images the radiologist is the physician expert trained in medical imaging. We summarize the rationale for and physiology of radiation therapy for the treatment of head and neck cancer and review the imaging findings of expected changes and complications after radiation to the neck the postradiation neck evaluating response to treatment and recognizing complications and department of radiation oncology duke
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