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Hepatic cavernous hemangioma: appearance on T2-weighted fast spin-echo MR imaging with and without fat suppression.
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PMID:  9016227     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The goals of our study were to define the morphologic appearance of cavernous hemangioma of the liver on T2-weighted fast spin-echo MR imaging and to determine if the use of fat suppression may quantitatively and qualitatively modify the MR imaging appearance of cavernous hemangioma. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Twenty-six patients with cavernous hemangiomas of the liver were prospectively studied with T2-weighted MR imaging with a fast spin-echo technique with and without fat suppression. Thirteen patients had known hemangiomas for more than 2 years, with no change in size or morphology during this period. The remaining 13 patients had diagnoses based on dynamic CT and sonography and an absence of change in the morphology and size of their lesions during follow-up of more than 6 months (range, 6-12 months) after the MR imaging studies. Values for signal intensity and contrast-to-noise (C/N) ratios in cavernous hemangiomas that were obtained with and without fat suppression were compared. Images were qualitatively analyzed separately at identical level and window settings by two interpreters for morphologic features of cavernous hemangiomas. RESULTS: No significant difference was found between signal intensity values obtained using the fat-suppressed fast spin-echo MR imaging technique (5.62 +/- 1.14 [SD]) and those obtained without fat suppression (5.51 +/- 1.23). Values for C/N ratios obtained with the fat-suppressed fast spin-echo MR imaging technique (20.13 +/- 7.63) were significantly superior to those obtained without fat suppression (16.59 +/- 5.31) (p < .001). On T2-weighted fast spin-echo MR imaging without fat suppression, 100% of cavernous hemangiomas were hyperintense relative to the spleen, 90% had well-defined and sharp margins, 55% were isointense to CSF, and 76% were homogeneous. Without fat suppression, 34% of cavernous hemangiomas showed the combination of isointensity to CSF, well-defined margins, and homogeneity. On T2-weighted fast spin-echo MR imaging with fat suppression, all cavernous hemangiomas showed this same combination of features. CONCLUSION: Seventy-six percent of hepatic cavernous hemangiomas were homogeneous on T2-weighted fast spin-echo MR imaging, and 55% were isointense to CSF. However, only 34% of hepatic cavernous hemangiomas showed typical features. Although fat suppression significantly increased the C/N ratio of cavernous hemangiomas of the liver, fat suppression did not affect their morphologic appearance on T2-weighted fast spin-echo MR imaging.
P Soyer; A C Dufresne; E Somveille; A Scherrer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AJR. American journal of roentgenology     Volume:  168     ISSN:  0361-803X     ISO Abbreviation:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Publication Date:  1997 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-03-04     Completed Date:  1997-03-04     Revised Date:  2008-02-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708173     Medline TA:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  461-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Radiology, Hôpital Foch, Suresnes, France.
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MeSH Terms
Hemangioma, Cavernous / diagnosis*
Image Enhancement
Liver / pathology*
Liver Neoplasms / diagnosis*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies

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