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MR imaging of calcified intracranial lesions

, : MR imaging of calcified intracranial lesions. Radiology 157(2): 353-356

Fifty calcified intracranial lesions diagnosed with computed tomography (CT) were evaluated with magnetic resonance (MR) using a spin-echo sequence. MR images demonstrated 41 of 50 lesions seen as calcified on CT scans, among them 29 of 30 cerebral neoplasms and all ten arteriovenous malformations. The presence of calcification was suspected prospectively in about 60% of calcified lesions but was also suspected in 45% of uncalcified lesions (reviewed as control cases). No fine calcifications and only 25% of punctate calcifications were disclosed on MR images. In the nine lesions undetected by MR, calcification was the only abnormal CT finding. The findings of calcification on MR images were nonspecific, ranging from signal void or signal dampening on all sequences to no alteration of signal intensity. The most common finding of calcification was a focus of signal diminution, rather than signal void, as commonly reported.


PMID: 4048441

DOI: 10.1148/radiology.157.2.4048441

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