August 1985

Computed Tomography in Diagnosis and Management of Multiple Myeloma and Its Variants

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Hematology and Internal Medicine (Dr Kyle) and the Department of Diagnostic Radiology (Drs Schreiman, McLeod, and Beabout), Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn.

Arch Intern Med. 1985;145(8):1451-1452. doi:10.1001/archinte.1985.00360080125019

• The use of computed tomography (CT) was evaluated in 25 patients with multiple myeloma, six with extramedullary plasmacytoma, and two with undiagnosed lesions. We found that CT was useful for (1) patients with multiple myeloma who had bone pain but normal roentgenograms, (2) patients with an M-protein, bone marrow plasmacytosis, and back pain from osteoporosis and compression fractures but an inconclusive diagnosis of multiple myeloma, (3) the determination of extent of tumor, and (4) guidance in needle biopsy.

(Arch Intern Med 1985;145:1451-1452)