Metastatic disease to the brain affects 15% to 25% of cancer patients. The overall incidence of metastatic disease to the brain is increasing, in part due to longer survival rates as a result of better imaging detection and improved treatment. Unfortunately it implies poor prognosis and it is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality.In this lecture, we will review the general aspects of brain metastases, including location and key features on conventional and advanced imaging. We will review the most important differential diagnoses as well as key concepts related to medical and surgical treatment, treatment response and disease progression and/or recurrence.
- Discuss the general aspects of brain metastases
- Review initial evaluation and differential diagnoses of brain mets
- Associate key imaging concepts in the monitoring of treatment