CT and MR imaging findings of sphenoidal masses

Syouki Takahashi, S. Higano, K. Ishii, K. Matsumoto, Y. Shimanuki, T. Ishibashi, M. Zuguchi, S. Maruoka, T. Kayama, K. Sakamoto

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CT and MR imaging findings of 57 sphenoidal masses were retrospectively reviewed to assess the possibility of differential diagnosis between them. Various kinds of masses such as pituitary adenoma, epipharyngeal cancer, mucocele, chordoma, chondroma, chondrosarcoma, distant metastasis, multiple myeloma, fibrous dysplasia, craniopharyngioma, hemangiopericytoma, giant cell tumor, primary sphenoidal cancer, malignant melanoma, leukemia, histiocytosis X, and giant cell tumor were included in this series. CT scanning was performed in all cases, while MR images were obtained in 48 cases using a spin-echo pulse sequence. The relative density of the masses, bony changes and calcification were evaluated on CT, and on MR images, signal intensity of the masses relative to the normal gray matter, contrast enhancement and extension/contour were evaluated. Although no single feature appeared to be specific to the masses, detection of calcification on CT, identification of the normal pituitary gland as deformed or displaced on T1-weighted images, signal intensity on T2-weighted images, and extension of the masses seemed to be useful and should be examined in terms of their ability to assist in differential diagnosis. Finally, accommodative classification of sphenoidal masses primarily based on presumed origin or mode of extension was attempted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)751-760
Number of pages10
JournalNippon Igaku Hoshasen Gakkai zasshi. Nippon acta radiologica
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Jul 25

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Oncology


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