Preliminary Diagnosis: MALToma

I. What imaging technique is first-line for this diagnosis?

CT imaging with and without contrast

II. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of this technique for diagnosis of MALToma.


  • Relatively fast imaging modality.

  • CT imaging with contrast is the gold standard imaging modality in detecting and characterizing mucosal associated lymphomatous growth

  • May be useful in guiding percutaneous biopsy and guiding treatment and therapy

  • Offers exquisite detail of the surrounding osseous structures


  • Exposes patients to ionizing radiation

  • Less sensitive and specific in characterizing the surrounding soft tissues

III. What are the contraindications for the first-line imaging technique?

  • Contraindicated in pregnant patients

IV. What alternative imaging techniques are available?

  • No specific alternative imaging techniques exist.

V. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the alternative techniques for diagnosis of MALToma.

  • Not applicable

VI. What are the contraindications for the alternative imaging techniques?

  • Not applicable

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