OBJECTIVE. The purposes of this article are to illustrate the sonographic appearance of the oropharynx and to discuss the potential role of ultrasound in evaluation of the oropharynx. CONCLUSION. Ultrasound is not currently used in the standard clinical evaluation of the oropharynx, but it is a promising imaging modality for evaluating the base of the tongue and the palatine tonsils. Ultrasound is comparable and complementary to CT and MRI, which have recognized limitations.
- Base of tongue
- Head and neck cancer
- Human papillomavirus
- Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging