EuroSafe Imaging 2020
Performed at one institution, Not applicable, Cancer, Radiation effects, MR, CT, Radioprotection / Radiation dose, Head and neck, Head and Neck
R. T. Le, F. Behzadi, P. Fiester, J. Patel, R. Dagan, D. Rao
Conclusion and recommendations
RIOM has pleomorphic features and can be a debilitating, chronic condition. Post-RT healing is contingent on a variety of patient-dependent factors. Risk factors, including age, concurrent chemotherapy with radiation, prior periodontal disease, and/or diabetes impairs wound healing and increases the risk and severity of RIOM. This process may occur weeks, even years, after radiation treatment. Because there is no gold standard for surveillance and frequency of post-radiotherapy follow-up, the radiologist can serve a valuable role in the multidisciplinary care for a head & neck cancer patient by being aware of potential consequences of post radiotherapy sequelae in head and neck cancer patients.